Work from home craigslist ad, how do I know if it's is a scam?
Here's the ad:
Seeking experience ebay sellers to list hot selling items from the comfort of your home, while earning a great commission. Fast learners &self-starters ONLY...we provide all info & handle all shipping...all you have todo is list the item and answer periodic questions from potential buyers with our assistance. MUST have a ebay & paypal account in good standing...limited spots available. Please be ready to start and follow instructions right away.
Provide your ebay username and how long you have been a seller w/ ebay in your response, otherwise you will NOT be considered.
Compensation: $20 PER SALE ON MOST ITEMS + EBAY FEES
Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
Please, no phone calls about this job!
Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.
99% of all craigslist work from home jobs are a scam
This one is totally a scam = they want you to list the items from your account = of course it is a scam
- we know this because they are going to pay your ebay fees. if you were using their account, you would not have ebay fees
how can this NOT be a scam ...
how do you know it is a scam:
#1 hint "work from home" - 99% is scam
#2 hint "job of craigslist"
#3 hint why would someone pay you for this job, they could do it themselves?
Wild guess, the scammer want to use you as a frontend so the police will be at your door when it turns out you've been dealing with stolen property, defrauding people etc.
1. It's on Craigslist. That means it's a scam.
2. It says "Work from Home". That means it's a scam.
There is no job.
There is only a scammer trying to steal your hard-earned money and maybe your freedom.
The next email will be from another of the scammer's fake names and free email addresses pretending to be the "assistant" and will supply you with stock photos of merchandise. You are suppose to open an ebay, paypal and craigslists accounts in YOUR name, advertise the merchandise, collect money in YOUR name and send the cash onto the scammer via Western Union or moneygram.
The scammer will NEVER ship anything to the buyers, so you get the real life job of paying them all back, plus pay fees to ebay and paypal. Then you are ip banned from ebay, paypal and craigslists. Your paypal-linked bank account or credit card could be permenantly closed and now you are blacklisted from ever opening another account at your bank. Being ip banned for scamming is the real reason that scammer can't post on ebay or craigslist or any other auction/selling site.
Western Union and moneygram do not verify anything on the form the sender fills out, not the name, not the street address, not the country, not even the gender of the receiver, it all means absolutely nothing. The clerk will not bother to check ID and will simply hand off your cash to whomever walks in the door with the MTCN# and question/answer. Neither company will tell the sender who picked up the cash, at what store location or even in what country your money walked out the door. Neither company has any kind of refund policy, money sent is money gone forever.
Any "paycheck" you receive will be fake and will bounce. In fact the scammer might try to steal more of your money by saying he "accidentally" sent a check made out for "too much money". Then he will demand you cash that large fake check sent on a stolen UPS/FedEx billing account number and send most of the "money" via Western Union or moneygram back to the scammer. When your bank realizes the check is fake and it bounces, you get the real life job of paying back the bank for the bounced check fees and all the bank's money you sent to an overseas criminal.
Now that you have responded to a scammer, you are on his 'potential sucker' list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.
You could post up the email address and the emails themselves that the scammer is using, it will help make your post more googlable for other suspicious potential victims to find when looking for information.
Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don't bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn't worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.
Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even partial sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.
7 "Rules to follow" to avoid most fake jobs:
1) Job asks you to use your personal bank/paypal account and/or open a new one.
2) Job asks you to print/mail/cash a check or money order.
3) Job asks you to use Western Union or moneygram in any capacity.
4) Job asks you to accept packages and re-ship them on to anyone.
5) Job asks you to pay visas, travel fees via Western Union or moneygram.
6) Job asks you to sign up for a credit reporting or identity verification site.
7) Job asks you to post ads on ebay/craigslist or on forums advertising merchandise, programs or other websites
Avoiding all jobs that mention any of the above listed 'red flags' and you will miss nearly all fake jobs. Only scammers ask you to do any of the above. No. Exceptions. Ever. For any reason.
If you google "fake job posting ads scam", "selling on ebay fraud Western Union" or something similar, you will find hundreds of posts from victims and near-victims of this type of scam.
Source(s)by Buffy Staffordshire - 4 months ago