Received this in response to an online resume
Jossy: Do you still need a job?
Me: (aka Sherlock) Always in the market for a better job, what are you offering? When replying back please include "jossy" in your subject so that I know its you and I don't delete your message.
An hour later I received this message from Jennifer (subject line: jossy)
How are you doing today ? The Executive/Office Assistant position is still available. I will like to know if you will be interested in working as a Personal Assistant. I'm looking for someone that can be trusted, reliable, efficient, self motivated, organized, a good communicator, and IT literate.
My Name is Jennifer Bruce, Married with 2 Wonderful children. I run my family's farm mainly; I also have a lot of investments and businesses of my own particularly in the real estate market and as a private lender. I'm also a Certified Payroll Specialist working for a number of companies within and outside the US as a private eye / analyst in their payroll activities. I travel very frequently trying to expand my business and sometimes there is a work overload for me, this is the more reason I'm looking to find someone back home who is efficient, self-motivated, organized, a good communicator with an ability to multi-task under pressure and who can help me keep up to date with all of my activities amidst my ever busy schedule.
It is important for you to note that you are being hired by me personally not by my family or any other businesses that I represent, although most of your duties will be related to these businesses, I will be personally responsible for your wage and all correspondences, findings and queries would be made and promptly reported to me personally no matter the circumstance. The position is part-time you will need to set up a home-office if you don't have one; we will discuss the costs of setting this up as we move along. Most importantly, you need to have Internet and telephone access. Your activities as amongst other things will include;
* Purchasing needs
* Receiving funds in my absence
* Running personal errands
* General clerical activities.
Your Wage is $410 a week after tax, pay will always be regular, and any extra personal expenses (transport, gas, etc) incurred by you while on an errand or otherwise will also be reimbursed by me at the end of each working week.The hour of working is flexible.So the job wont take too much of your time
I'm currently in England now attending a seminar, in the mean time we will begin unofficially and on trial pending my arrival because I have a number of important things you could begin work on immediately. Your wage remains intact even during this trial period. I hope you can be available immediately .we will arrange a meeting and set up a proper interview as soon as I return to the state. Due to the excessive number of responses to this job,I will require the following details about you to filter applicants and for a personal record update;
Full Contact Address
Phone Number (H)
Phone Number (M)
Hope to hear from you soon.
Me (aka Sherlock)
I am interested in the position you have described and would like to get started asap. Regarding a home office, I have the state-of-the-art everything, so there is no need to purchase any equipment or software. Here is the information you have requested:
The address of the UPS Store, Dallas Texas
Cell: Dallas Police Crime Hotline
Awaiting your next step of instructions.
Friday, 6/15 4:23 AM
How are you doing today ?
I have reviewed your details and you will start working for me immediately. The first task you will carry out is to help me get some gift items, and you will mail them to an orphanage home which i am going to provide you the address. I am a generous woman and this is what i used to do when i was in the states in the beginning of every new month..so that's the first task you will be taking care of on my behalf.
You will be receiving the funds to get the gifts along with your paycheck, so when you receive your paycheck you will deduct your own wage for the week and then proceed by going to a store i will give you the lists of items you are buying and mail to the orphanage home. The items are toys, the orphanage need the toys and i am doing my part to meet their needs..
Your Wage still remain $410 .So if you are still interested,*all I want to be sure about is, if you are still interested* and immediately you get back to me, i will go ahead and contact my Payroll Clerk to go ahead and issue out first Payment and the first payment is also coming with the first task...Please get back to me asap...so that i can go on and process mailing out the payment with the task.
Me (aka Sherlock)
Yes I am still interested, you may proceed in sending me my first task. I will be checking my email frequently for information to when I shall be receiving the funds.
Looking forward to working for you!
I guess scammers don't thoroughly read the emails . Really sender's name Sherlock from an email address xxx@stopthescam and they didn't google the mailing address
Jennifer: Sorry for not getting back to you on time... The check will be mailed to you first thing on monday morning. Thanks for your time and God bless.
Me: No problem, I realize you are a very busy woman. Just send me the details on Monday so that I will be on the look-out for the package.
6/20 To my surprise Jennifer finally replied back to me about the status of our business relationship. I really thought that she researched my info and decided against proceeding further.
Jennifer: Good day to you. The check will be mailed out today and i will get the tracking number to you asap. Thanks for your cooperation.God Bless.
Can't wait for her next message
Is there a problem? I have received 2 messages from you stating the check is being mailed. Well it has been close to 48 hours since your last message and I have yet to receive confirmation that you have sent the check. Very unprofessional and if this is any indication on how you will conduct business in the future, I'm starting to reconsider doing any type of work for you.
I will be away for the next few days, but if you contact me by 3pm, I will contact my neighbor and she can sign for the package. If I don't hear from you, then I will assume that we no longer have a business relationship and will more on.
I have given her 2 hours to respond. Lets see if she takes the bait. If not on to another scammer.
I did get a response marked "urgent" Saturday afternoon.
Jennifer: Sorry for delay..The check will be delivered on Tuesday or Wednesday..
Thanks for your patience and cooperation.
Really, Tuesday or Wednesday? I can't guarantee that I will be around to receive the package, or have someone available to sign for it. Here's an idea, you can wire me the money so upon my return I can get straight to work.
Here is the information you will need:
Payment Receiver's Name: Sheryl Lockaby-Holmes
Address: XXX Springs Road, # XXX, Dallas, TX 75219
Payment Transfer Test Question: Favorite Color
Payment Transfer Test Answer: Purple
Amount Transferred: $
Get back to me with the money transfer control number (MTCN) along with the sender's name, address and test question/answer and I will confirm receipt after I pick up the money.
Also requesting a phone number where you can be reached.
I would give anything to see the look on the scammer's face when he/she reads this. On to the next scammer! Already submitted my rental application
edited by: ThePowersThatBe, datetimebrief
I can't take credit for my reply, that belongs to Skamdeth, but the opportunity presented itself so I used it. Her/his disorganization and delay pretty much drove the direction of how it was going to play out. Couldn't have planned it better myself.
You know there is trouble in scammerland, one got away.
6/30 (One week later)
Jennifer: I am sorry for the delay in response.. USPS returned the Check to my
clerk due to a mistake she made.I have decided to mail the check to
you through the a new employee who is now working as my Payroll
clerk.So it will be mailed to you again on Monday and i will provide
you with the tracking number asap. Thanks for your time and God Bless.
Me: Dear Jennifer:
Really surprised to hear from you. No need to resend the check, I am no longer interested in working for you. Came across a better paying and more reliable employer while waiting for you.
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