This is the worst site ever. They give you an option to flag if you know a post is spam/fake etc, but then they don't remove it. I've tried flagging fake jobs offers and they NEVER EVER remove them. I've also sent them emails asking why they don't remove the offending fake job ads and they always ignore me. They don't give a sh**, because they're still making money. They have ZERO integrity.
Agreed. I've even written a couple of times to Craig's List in an offering of assistance... whether it be to help them get the scammers off of their site or to help others know about the FlakeList. They never respond at all. The least they could do is tell me they aren't interested. I wouldn't even care if they got mad and told me off about it. At least I have an answer. Without any response, I have to draw my own conclusions.
I agree and think it is safe to say they don't really care about even their most faithful users. Otherwise, they would take action. Their warning page for all job categories is a pathetic attempt at "protecting" us. The way I see it, the purpose of the warning page isn't to protect us, it's to protect THEM from any legal fallout due to their users getting scammed.
Glad we're on the same page FlakeMaster. About a month ago a I posted a message on Craig's List telling people to beware of one particular job post that I found out was a scam. Well I received a reply from someone blasting me, calling me every name you can imagine...the language shocked me. This person said Craig's List was a great site blah blah blah. I wrote back telling her/him they must be on Craig's List payroll then. OMG that got them going even worse. I ended up having to close my account as they started harassing me. Thankfully the email I had used was under an 'assumed' name. I couldn't believe how mad the person got.
Damn im so STUPID !!! and sent them a copy of my work authorization and my ssc. i had no idea, i didnt know that it could be something suspicious. i just moved here from germany, so the process of applying is different than in germany. i was just too naive.
i dont think that i have a credit-score yet. So, should i be afraid or do you guys think that without the credit-score, i should be safe, kind of!!! Can anybody help me, i dont want them to scam my data!!! THX
Notify the Social Security Office by showing up in person with a " NOTARIZED " written statement by YOU and inform them of what happened ... It's a frightening thing to know that your very personal information is out there floating around because I KNOW...I had my identity stolen and after a lot of research and seeking advice from a number of professionals I was advised in a number of ways to recover from it.
The first being, apply for a new SSN or apply for a " Federal Tax ID " .. seek the advice of your local Social Security Administration office on this because this is very important.
Secondly, apply for a " Secured Credit Card " from a REPUTABLE BANK...US, Wells Fargo, Bank of America. There are a number of lesser known banks that offer a "Secured Credit Card" but the choice is up to you. As far as "BEING APPROVED" or "QUALIFYING" for a "Secured Credit Card," there isn't really a strict process for "QUALIFYING" for a "Secured Credit Card." In order to "QUALIFY" for a "Secured Credit Card" you will be required to pay an annual fee and you will required to deposit and maintain a "Minimum Balance" and that will become YOUR CREDIT LIMIT for that card. Normally, the bank will require a minimum balance of around $200.00(the minimum balance is different depending on which bank you choose.)
You will find that these "Secured Credit Cards" carry with them a High Interest rate but your strategy is to KEEP YOUR BALANCE DOWN FOR THE FIRST 6 MONTHS...why?...because the BENEFITS ARE FAR GREATER THAN the high interest rate and here's why.
*You will be able to establish "GOOD CREDIT" in the least amount of time by ONLY USING THE "SECURED CREDIT CARD" TO GO OUT TO EAT ONCE OR TWICE A MONTH OR TO PURCHASE SMALL ITEMS...Again, YOUR OBJECTIVE IS TO KEEP THE DEBT CREATED TO THE LOWEST POSSIBLE AMOUNT...and here's why you want to do that.
WHEN THE STATEMENT COMES YOU IMMEDIATELY SEND IN THE PAYMENT IN FULL ...
After your prompt payment of the first Statement your Credit Report will show a POSITIVE OPEN LINE OF TRADING ... within about 6 to 8 months of "PAYING ON TIME" you will begin receiving OFFERS to apply for more Credit ... At that point, normally, the bank through which you have your "SECURED CREDIT CARD" will extend an offer OR you can elect to apply for their "UNSECURED CREDIT CARD" with a HIGHER CREDIT LIMIT and a lower Interest Rate. At this point you will have accomplished your "objective" and that was to establish a "RECENT" and "ON TIME" PAYMENT HISTORY and having a "RECENT" Credit History is better than having NO CREDIT HISTORY.
Another way to establish good credit FAST IS TO BUY A NEW CAR. If, of course you can manage to do that somehow. Here again after about 6 months of "PAYING ON TIME" you will be receiving OFFERS to Apply for Credit as well...*Note: One advantage with a "New Car Loan" is you may be able to Qualify for a "Cash Back Incentive" which you can then put into savings as a back up to pay those payments on time in those very important first 6 months. Many of the Automobile manufacturers offer very low interest rates on "New Car Loans" or "First Time Buyers." You will have to "Shop around" as they say here in America. Search the Internet, stop by the Dealerships, pay close attention to television advertisements from the Auto manufacturers on their "Special Fiancing Events" and such. The biggest benefit to qualifying for a "New Car Loan" is that after about 6 months you will begin to receive offers from other Banks, Oil/gas companies and the bigger "chain" American Department stores. The list of goes on...Mail order catalogs, Book and Video clubs etc., and if you haven't learned this truth yet, the MORE CREDIT YOU BUILD THE MORE THEY WANT TO GIVE YOU...the MORE THEY WANT OUR MONEY...ha,ha,ha!
This VERY IMPORTANT and I wish someone, ANYONE would have tole me about this one...
AFTER you have established "GOOD CREDIT" and are building up larger debt balances on your Credit Cards, continue of course to PAY THE MINIMUM AMOUNT each month to "maintain your now Good Credit Score" but KEEP THIS IN MIND WHEN PAYING THE MINIMUM MONTHLY AMOUNTS...ONLY A PERCENTAGE OF YOUR MINIMUM PAYMENT GOES TOWARD THE PRINCIPAL BALANCE and the remainder of your MINIMUM MONTHLY PAYMENT GOES TO THE INTEREST...which of course can put you deeper in debt as time goes by and this how you need to SEE THIS...
Considering the fact that the "INTEREST ON THE UNPAID BALANCE" IS COMPOUNDED DAILY...EVERY NIGHT AT MIDNITE, YOUR "UNPAID BALANCE" is INCREASED because, as I mentioned, the INTEREST IS COMPOUNDED(ADDED...)DAILY...
So, IF YOU WANT TO PAY OFF YOUR BALANCES IN HALF THE TIME YOU WILL WANT TO MAKE ANOTHER SMALLER PAYMENT SOMEWHERE AROUND THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH ... WHEN YOU MAKE ANOTHER SMALLER PAYMENT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH, YOU WILL PAY OFF YOUR BALANCE IN HALF THE TIME BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT YOU ARE PAYING MORE TOWARD THE "PRINCIPAL BALANCE" IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH INSTEAD OF WAITING UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH TO PAY your "MINIMUM PAYMENT" which when calculated is the HIGHEST AMOUNT OF INTEREST YOU WILL PAY IN ANY CALENDAR MONTH.
Good Luck and Welcome to America ... I wish you joy, happiness and PROSPERITY.
edited by: jefferson, datetimebrief
Dang! I just fell for the same format response for a pet walker/sitter on Craigslist for Salem Oregon!
I gave them a card # for a $1.00 refundable credit report (required) but have not accessed & printed report.
I guess I can save my time by expecting them to eliminate ad. I'll cancel credit report & call bank to see if I need to do anything. They've caught unauthorized charges before that were unrelated to me. Unfortunately, I fell for this. Do you know the result of people falling for this? Is it just enrollment in an unwanted revolving credit charge or worse?
Ahhh man, snoopy I'm sorry you got suckered into their scam!!
It's hard to say what the result could be for falling for this type of scam. Sometimes it's just to get their percentage from getting people to sign up for credit reports. Other times it is much worse; they take your credit card number and rake up the charges on it, they put a key logger on your PC through that link, they install malware/viruses onto your PC, and they steal your identity.
Call your card company and let them know what happened and see what they want to do. You may (and probably should) have to cancel that card and get a new one but it will be worth it. Keep us posted! Hang in there...
Frosted Flakes Are Filling!
I think some good has come from this site. I have been actively flagging, reporting, and posting warnings on CL about the job scams going on. Now today for the first time I see a sign of change. All the job postings on CL in my area that I knew were scams are gone!!!! And its seems when the new ones come up they to are down within minutes. Did someone at CL finally wise up?
Maybe now I can find a real job.
You're welcome, Windy. I hope this will happen nation wide but I am not holding my breath for it. When one scam is destroyed it seems like 10 others pop up in its place. Fortunately, people are wising up and not falling for these scams as much as they use to thanks to site like ours and the other fraud & scam prevention sites.
Frosted Flakes Are Filling!
To Gary105, I search Florida in Treasure coast. We have a lot of cities in the Treasure Coast section, And if you don't live here you won't know the location name. That is what makes it easy to spot the scammers. They just say Treasure Coast in their ad. I just check the job section again. Two more came down and one went up that I just flagged. There are still a few with the Treasure Coast location on them, but they have a phone # so I leave those alone.
Here's one I thought was real because it had an email address instead of the craigslist email. But after googling the email I found this same job post in different states. So it's getting flagged.
Office Assistant (Treasure Coast)
Date: 2011-03-03, 9:37AM EST
Reply to: see below
Part time position with the possibility to go full time for the right person. This job requires a person who has strong communication & customer service skills, who can work independently and is knowledgeable with Intuit Quick Books & Excel. Please supply with a cover letter along with your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compensation: $400 Weekly
* Location: Treasure Coast
* Compensation: $400 Weekly
* Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
* Please, no phone calls about this job!
* Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.
I fell for a job offer scam from CL that was for a personal assistant. I only gave them my name and address, they had the whole Name, Address (No PO box), zip, phone number, and sex format but they didn't ask for my SS# or card # nor would I have given that out. What can they do with my name?? And I stupidly clicked on the website they gave and it would not open plus was in Chinese....is it possible they put a keylogger on my computer?? Please let me know, anyone who can help. Thanks! Btw I HATE SCAMMERS!!!!! And I support Flake List all the way!!
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