After applying for jobs for weeks now I’ve gotten my first response. I was excited at first. But quickly realized that it was a scam.
Me Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 10:13 PM:
I am interested in the position of Operations Personnel you have advertised on craigslist. Please accept my attached resume as an application for this position. My resume highlights my past work experience. I am very detail oriented and possess excellent organizational skills. I believe I would be a good fit for this job because I have experience multi-tasking working as a community organizer and a bicycle mechanic. Both jobs helped me to figure out how to prioritize and get things done thoroughly and quickly. I am also computer literate and am very willing to learn and acquire new skills, which may help me in this position. Please let me know if I can provide you with any further information.
Thank you for your time I look forward to hearing from you,
Him Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 7:59 AM:
Your resume was received and reviewed by my HR dept, after close consideration, you have been shortlisted and offered a job with our company.
My name is Frank Jadhavji, i am the CEO of Surplus Sourcing Group. Surplus Sourcing Group basically deals with sales and distribution of PC related products. We have been in business since 1987. Our company TAX ID # is 91-2157285 and DUNNS # is 128600355 for your personal review. I’m looking for someone that can be trusted and reliable to work very well with good understanding. We are establishing a new location in your area which you will be a part of the team upon completion. This position is a part time position for now and flexible and it will be full time upon completion of our new office. I’ll need your services 2-3 times weekly which should be about 10-12 hours weekly. We will set up a formal interview as soon as i am back in the states to sign the necessary documents.
* Routine filing, accounting tasks, computer work, personal errands, property maintenance in addition to bookkeeping. I have been checking my files and i’ll need you to run some errands for me this week, i will get you more information on that. I will also have some funds sent to you to carry out the assignments as well as your weekly salary.
You will receive a weekly salary of $350. There is also a very sensitive issue on trust and accountability which I believe will resolve itself as time goes on. This is only an introductory e-mail, as time goes on we should be able to arrange a proper meeting to get things started officially. Kindly get back with your contact details as below so we can proceed to the next step.
Address(P.O box not allowed):
Mobile (For SMS):
Applicant should also be HONEST and TRUSTWORTHY
Once i have received your contact information, my HR dept will get back to you with an employment agreement form and also the next steps and tasks. Your information requested is needed for our company database as an employee and i assure you that your information is safe and will not be shared.
Thanks in anticipation of your prompt response.
Surplus Sourcing Group
Right of the bat I was almost sure it wasn’t a real job. He included to many awkward details like Tax ID number and already brought up the need for Trustworthy people. The problem is I would love to have a job so I decided to respond giving all factual information, hoping that I was wrong.
Me Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 9:05 AM:
I am excited to potentially work for you. I believe that my experience in customer service and organizational skills is a good fit for this job.
Apt #: #####
Zip Code: 19130
Mobile (For SMS): ###-###-####
Thank you for your time,
Him Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 12:32 PM:
How are you? I have attached a picture of me to this email so you can add a face to my name, would be glad if you can attach yours in your reply. As they say, punctuality is the soul of business. I believe promptness is key if any business is to thrive. I want to thank you for your prompt response and after much consideration, I have decided to give you a trial so as to know how honest, sincere, and confident you are, also to know if i can trust you my funds. I sent you text messages from (818) 900-1282 but didnt get a response from you. I will send you a schedule this week with a list of assignments to complete and i will also send you some funds to complete the assignments as well as your salary.
I will like to know how often you get on the internet because our job requires much checking of your email and do you have access to any instant messenger? Also let me know if you have a car to move around on assignment so i can make arrangements for transportation/gas bonus on every assignments you need to move around.
Your trial stage begins immediately you acknowledge this email, my HR will send you an employment agreement to sign and i will have a paycheck sent to you for the first task as i mentioned in my initial email as well as your salary. Let me know when you are ready to start.
Thanks in anticipation of your prompt response.
Surplus Sourcing Inc
Now I had lost all hope that he was real. Not only had I got the job without an interview, but I was just hired by the CEO that quickly. He also hadn’t texted me at all. I googled the guys last name in google images and found a picture of him. The picture is of an Anwar Jadhavji who is COO for a different company. I was disappointed but curious when the scam was going to come to fruition so I responded back having a little fun saying that I was going to run the errands via bike and sending a picture of a Canadian TV star instead of myself.
Me Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 3:49 PM:
Hey Frank Jadhavji,
I’ve attached my picture. Sorry I didn’t respond to your text message I was away from my phone. I get on the Internet quite frequently I would say about every other hour. Finally I do have a car if that is necessary for the assignments, however I prefer to travel via bike. Parking is easier and it’s much better exercise.
I will be waiting patiently for your mail as well as the employment papers from your HR department so that I can fill them out as well.
Sadly he has yet to respond but I have excitedly checked my mail every day since then.
Also before I forget I also called his phone number *67 style. I assumed it wouldn’t work because I hadn’t gotten a text from him and I couldn’t look him up on Spokeo. Turns out someone did answer. I asked him if it was Frank. A younger male answered “yes”. I then asked is this Frank JAdajavihi, Jadaveejeeh, Jadhavji? He said yes and then asked who I was. Startled that it was a real person and one claiming to be Frank Jadhavji I hung up.
Hopefully that doesn’t affect my status as a employee of Surplus Sourcing Group Inc.