Adventures We Never Want: Scam Jobs
Adventures We Never Want: Scam Jobs
The job hunt of post-graduation was one of the hardest emotional spaces to be in for me. It took me over a year and a half to secure a bag, only for me to understand that financial desperation is dangerous. I'm not living a rich gal life as much as I would want, for me to pay bills and maintain not only Jadedisland but my personal care is one full check. That's sad. Whatever is left, I use to support my single parent and my siblings. When we were homeless, I remember how desperate we were and how unsupportive your blood family really can be when you are the "poor family." I'll never forget the disdain, the pettiness, and how they treated the one person who was trying to keep her kids living healthy and right. It's a different type of cruelty, and searching for a job was motivated by seeing that struggle. My dreams are deferred because of this financial instability and desperation, but that's a story for another time. I'm telling you this not for pity but as framing. Seeing how I'm desperate for money will allow you into the headspace of how important job hunting is for me and mine.
The first Job Scam: "Trip Operator" with Spot on Travel
Thankfully my mom caught on. Let me just say this job scam had an application, exclusive travel benefits, and more. The hang-up was I had to deposit a check into my account to do the job. I learned about money laundering and how jobs like this contact recent graduates who need a job and who are desperate to find stability after being dumped into the world with 50K debt. Sven contacted me, by then I applied to about 100 jobs, so I couldn't keep track. These people know that they said I was a viable candidate. Sent me the application on google docs of all things, and I filled it out. Happy that I had a job and wasn't going to be a burden. When I told Sven I wasn't going to do the job, he called. He cursed at me, threatened me, and said he'd sue. He left voicemails. I was afraid, but thankfully, my mom realized it was a scam. I thought I would be smarter going forward…
Sounds good. Thank you for your message. You are going to be paid in equal intervals every 30 days ($3,000) and around $200-$300 weekly as a bonus.
If interested in applying, you are welcome to complete the requested application file and submit it following the guidelines. We will then consider your application request and contact you back by phone for interviewing purposes.
Spot on Travel A/S
Studsgade 44, 8000
The Virtual Assistant Scam Job:
I'm back to desperate because I want to leave the toxic work environment I'm in. I did find a job eventually, but when you are desperate for work, you'll be open or tolerate bullshit that just isn't worth living check to check. I started looking for work again, and who knew that Indeed and Linkedin don't have anything in place for scam jobs. I got Linkedin Mail from a recruiter. I looked up the company, and everything seemed legitimate. I mean as administrative support staff, the offered duties are what I do, so doing it virtually seemed like a valuable source of income to give me breathing room. I was once again financially desperate, and it really clouds your judgment. It wasn't till Thursday evening when I spent time researching the jobs, and companies only to reason that yet again the job was a scam. I was so frustrated and tired. I need a job, which makes me already desperate for one. I'm seeking income, so I don't feel the pressure to off myself because it's expensive being one of five. While I'm disappointed, I wanted to share this experience as a warning.
I'm overqualified for my position, and while I'm searching for work, I'm an easy target. I have the desperation, the ambition to do better, and my circumstances make the search all the harder. I haven't given up, but I am tired of being targeted for scam jobs when I don't have a cent to my name, no savings, and ridiculous debt. Places like LinkedIn and Indeed need to do better about their job postings and how their information is outsourced.
The Virtual Assistant - Stihl USA
After a thorough review of your resume, I am pleased to announce that you are offered the position of Virtual Assistant. Your first assignment will begin on May 27, 2019. You will report after the completion of each assignment to me via my email, and you will be expected to provide with 6-7 hours of work per week.
The details of the assignment to be carried out from your location from time to time are listed below:
1. Manage contact lists and customer spreadsheets
2. Organize client’s schedule
3. Set up meetings between the client and his customers
4. Make travel arrangements
5. Online and offline promotion of the client’s business
6. Communicate and coordinate with customers and visitors
7. Handle correspondence and transcribe documents
8. Prepare, organize, and ship proposals and meeting materials
9. Process customer inquiries via phone, chat, or email
10. Write, edit or proof read articles and press releases
11. Publish email newsletters
12. Complete market or internet research
13. Manage social media accounts for brands and blogs
Note: You must be able to work remotely from your home-office using computer, licensed software applications, phone, and internet connection that will be provided to you and every steps to be carried out will be communicated 2days before the weekly assignment.
The pay for this position will be $400 USD per week and $30 will be added to every extra hour. You will be given an assignment per week. This amount will be paid by check.
Interview is not required for this position as this is a part-time position.This role will be considered part-time, so you will not be eligible for overtime compensation. The agreement between you and me will be classified as at-will, which means either party may terminate the agreement at any time, for any reason, with or without notice.If you choose to accept this position, please reply this email with a brief letter of acceptance.
Virtual Assistant - CVS Health
After a thorough review of your resume, I am pleased to announce that
you are offered the position of Virtual Assistant. Your first
assignment will begin on June 6th,2019. You will report after the
completion of each assignment to me via my email, and you will be
expected to provide with 5-7 hours of work per week.The details of the
assignment to be carried out from your location from time to time are
• Booking for conferences,
• Booking for travels
• Booking for hotels
All these tasks shall be completed using our licensed application
software which will be supplied to you by our independent developer.
The following skills are required:
• Good communications skills via Text, Email and Chat
The pay for this position will be $400 USD per week and $30 will be
added to every extra hour. You will be given an assignment per week.
This amount will be paid by check.Interview is not required for this
position as this is a part-time position.
This role will be considered part-time, so you will not be eligible
for overtime compensation. The agreement between you and me will be
classified as at-will, which
means either party may terminate the agreement at any time, for any
reason, with or without notice.If you choose to accept this position,
please reply this email with a brief letter of acceptance.
Project Manager At CVS Health