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I received this email in response to submitting my resume through a posting I saw on Craigslist (I know…it is always hit-or-miss on CL but it’s worth it sometimes). Now…should I go for it??

PS — If you are also interested, since you saw it here, I call dibs!

        7:53 PM (15 hours ago)
FROM: Erica Margaret <erica.m@idcprime.info>

Dear Applicant,

We have received your email and would like to thank you for your interest in our open job position.

We are currently in the middle of processing applications and have several other applicants along with you that we are considering, so you can consider yourself on our short list to be hired.

To help speed up the process I would like to ask you to visit our job application page and complete the online questionnaire so it can be automatically added to your resume in our system. Once you entered all of the needed information, someone from our office will contact you in the next day or two regarding setting up an interview date and time.

Application Page Address = http://careerprime.us/

With regards,
Erica Margaret
HR Department

I decided to give it a shot thinking it’s probably a bait-and-switch for an agency or insurance sales.

          12:57 AM (10 hours ago)
FROM: Simon Charles <simonneh8x@gmail.com>

Thanks for sending your resume, My name is Simon Charles ,

I would love to meet up with you to talk  about this job but I am currently away on a business trip. I am  in Canada so there will be no interview. I will prepay you in  advance to do my shopping. I will also have my mails and   packages forwarded to your address. If you will be unable to  stay at your house to get my mails, I can have it shipped to a  post office near you and then you can pick it up at your convenience time. When you get my mails/packages; you are  required to mail them to where I want them mailed to.

You  don’t have to put money out of your pocket,  all you have to do  is have packages shipped to your house and do my shopping. You are allowed to open the packages to reveal its content. The  content of the packages are computer and electronics and  personal letters.All expenses and taxes will be covered by me.  You will work  between 15 and 20 hrs a month.  I will pay $500.00 per Week.  This is not a bad offer is it?

I need your service because I am constantly out of town. I work in real estate and I own an Art  Gallery in Canada. I will return to USA in December so this  process will be on going till then. If you don’t mind, I will meet up with you when I return in December and then we can talk  about the possibility of making this long term. Well, let me  know if you are able to handle the position.

I will email you the list and pictures of what to shop for when I am ready. No heavy  packages is involved! You can do the shopping at any nearest  stores. You will be shopping for Electronics and clothing’s.  I will provide you my personal UPS account number for  Shipping. All you have to do is provide my account number to  UPS and shipping charges will be billed to the account.I will provide clear set of instructions for each task I need done  as well the funds to cover them.

If I were to mail you money to  do my shopping plus up front payment for your service, where  would you want it mailed to ? How should your name appear on  the paycheck ? Kindly provide me with the following details  below:


Again, I hope you have a bank account because you will need to deposit the check in your account before it clear funds?  DO  YOU HAVE ANY CRIMINAL CONVICTION ?? Will be expecting to hear from you soon. Thanks so much and  have a nice day..


***********A little update on an email I received today (Feb. 10, 2015)

I received this email today. I haven’t responded to a CL ad since December….Let’s see what happens when I go directly to the website to see what you are up to and the legitimacy of your efforts, as well as do a search on your email address.

Re: Resume for Bookkeeper/Office Manager

Oliver Wright <oliver@emcsterling.com>

(Note the message from gmail: Be careful with this message. Many people marked similar messages as spam.)
Hello Elizabeth,
Few days ago we posted a ads on Craigslist. We got your resume from the ads that we posted, so you must have applied in that time frame. Since those ads, we are hiring again for this position. After reviewing several applications, we think you are qualified for this position.
Please see the detail about this position below:

•       Key Responsibilities/Skills
•       Proven ability to work independently
•       Strong customer service/phone skills
•       Strong organizational skills
•       Demonstrate success completing assignments independently
•       Ability to multi-task
•       Perform related duties as assigned
•       High energy and positive attitude
•       Compensation: $22/Hour plus Benefits and OT

I would like to schedule an interview with you this week if possible. We will be conducting interviews within the next 4 to 5 business days.
If you are interested then please upload your current resume here www.orbitradical.com
Please do not send your resume by replying this email. When you have completed the first step reply to this email (Just say resume uploaded) and we will set a time for an interview.
I look forward to meeting with you
Thank you.

Oliver Wright

Junior HR Manager

So….the link to the company website directs you to an alternate address, “http://www.locatelocaljobs.com/f3e/?c1=3039&c2=&c3=51097763&sid=1281&hid=993274938&netid=600305&pubid=600305&#8221; which looks like this:

                                    This looks legit!

                    This looks legit!

And the search on the domain for Oliver’s email address resulted in a suggested spelling of “emcstirling.com” or a cgi-bin file with the following results:



What are your thoughts on this? Should I reply? 😛