Beware of unsolicited job offers with vague promises as they could be a job scam trying to get your personal information as well as your money. The article How to Avoid Personal Assistant Job Scams describes some typical scams.
These scams are periodically reported to us. This recent example shows how the scam artist tries to reel you in. Note how he asks for inappropriate information, and when questioned, things get even more suspicious.
We recommend marking these as spam and reading the FTC's materials on job scams for more information.
From: Philip Chen <philipchen75 @gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Aug 13, 2017 at 9:48 AM
Subject: Personal Assistant (Part-Time) Position
To: jane_doe @brown.edu
Hope you're doing good today? I had a look at your resume on your
school job search and I might possibly have an opening for you confirm
to me if you're available and get back to me as soon as possible. Send
your personal email and mobile number for job description to get
started. Work 4- 8 hours weekly and get paid $300.
On 8/14/17, jane_doe @brown.edu wrote:
I would potentially be interested, however first I would like to know the
job description/what department you work with before I can officially confirm!
This is my primary email that I use right now, and my phone number is: 123-456-7890
Please write be back via email to discuss what the specifics are and
hopefully I will be able to help!
Thanks so much,
On Aug 15, 2017, at 17:13, Philip Chen <philipchen75 @gmail.com> wrote:
Thanks for your mail
I have a personal assistant position for you. As a consultant with a focus
in international business, the majority of my clients are out of state and
out of the country. I work as an affiliate of Norman and what we do is
supply cameras and fix CCTV for companies and banks in any country
whatsoever which is the exact reason am out of the country I need help with
my errands because I am constantly out of town. As a matter of fact, I am
currently on a business trip to Canada at this time. I will prepay you in
advance to run some errand for me and i will pick the item up at your place
on my arrival in the state on the 20th of September. How soon can youstart?
I'll pay you $300 for your service for 4 - 8 hours for just the week job.
I'm prepared to pay for mileage/travel expense.I will provide clear set of
instructions for each task I need done and sufficient funds to cover all
errands. I'd love to meet with you upon my return from Canada to discuss
the possibility of making this job long term.
NOTE: Duties: .
• Perform official assignment to detail/ instruction.
• Running personal errands(receiving and making payment).
• Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence.
• Work independently without much supervision (inspecting items paid for at
Post office near to you.
Willing to take this job position, for more well-oriented conversation I
need you to add up my email to your contacts via hangouts ASAP and
reconfirm your information to us for background check:
I can call or text you when i get your information to schedule an ONLINE
INTERVIEW if i'm free a bit, so keep your cell phone close to you at all time.
Looking forward to your prompt response
On 8/16/17, jane_doe @brown.edu wrote:
Hi again Philip,
This all sounds great- but I just have a few more questions before I would
be able to get started!
First, can you please let me know where exactly you got my information? If
it's from a resume you've seen, all of my personal info should be on the
resume! So please look there!
Second, where would this position be taking place? Again, since I'm not sure
where you accessed my information, I'm not sure if you have the most updated
information. I will be in Providence, RI for my senior year of school, so I
would be able to help you from there- if that's where you need help!
Once we get all of this cleared up, I would love to help!
Thanks so much and hear from you soon,
From: Philip Chen <philipchen75 @gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 6:03 PM
Subject: Re: Personal Assistant (Part-Time) Position
Th School Authority gave the mandate on companies like to offer
undergraduates genrally work (part-time) to be precise. All just to
boost up y'all confidence and self-determination. Due to that, access
to undergraduates are granted and specified.
This is only a part-time you can easily operate no matter where you in
the the states and you can get to quit when you feel like but i
believe you will enjoy working with me as my P.A. So reply with the
information i requested for to confirm you database just as i have
here. So, there aint gonna be impersonation and troubles later.