Career Corner - Scam Bait [Job Scam Bait]

By Glenn 

There are many things I cannot do as well as Bub and writing scam bait columns is one of them. However, in the course of pathetically applying for administrative assistant jobs on the New York City Craiglist, I come across responses that should be shared with the larger community. Consider this a career corner advice article on how to deal with overseas recruiters that want you to shop for things.

from mbn vnnb
subject EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for responding to my advert. & sorry it took so long to reply you back, i have a bad signal that was why I would love to meet up with you
to talk about this job but I am currently away on business. I am in
Estonia 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. 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, clothing business and
personal letters. All expenses and taxes will be covered by me. You
will work between 15 and 20hrs a month.. How much will you charge per
month? I will pay you $400 weekly. That is not a bad offer is it? I
need your service because I am constantly out of town. I am Self
Employed and I own a Artworks store here in Estonia. I will return to
United States by End of July so this process will be on going
till then. If you don't mind, I will meet up with you when I return
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 me when I
am ready. No heavy packages is involved! You can do the shopping at
Sears, Walmart, and other stores... You will be shopping for
Electronics and clothing. I will provide you my UPS account number
for Shipping. All you have to do is to provide you my UPS Account
Number and bill the shipping charges on it. 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 upfront
payment for your service, where would you want it mailed to? How
should your name appear on the money? so if you still have interest
reply me back with all this following details.

Full Name :
Address (Include Apt Number if Available):
Zip Code:
Residential Phone Number:


NB: The Payment Will Be In Money Order,and if you are interested kindly Email Back... on this new email that i do normally check most of the time which is (

Best Regards

James Kennedy
Address: Lauteri 32
City: Tallinn , 10114
Country: Estonia
Tel: +372 110 1320


Thanks for responding to my application. & sorry it took so long to write you back. I have also been experiencing serious, debilitating problems with my signal, which is like yours based in Estonia. I appreciate your disappointment in not being able to meet with me and it appears we will just be missing each other. You state that you will be returning to United States at the end of July, but I will be traveling to Tallinn in August for the 70th anniversary of their annexation by the Soviet Union. I have two connecting flights - in Greenland and Tripoli. Perhaps we could arrange a meeting at one of the two. Please reply to let me know your availability.

I am a little surprised that this administrative assistant position seems more like a personal shopper, but I am still very interested. I already do a lot of shopping at Sears and Walmart, so I should have no problem picking up computer and electronics for you, not to mention clothing business. I do not know how familiar you are with American department and chain stores, but there are a few others that might be useful for these shopping projects. I am able, through my connections in politics, to find great deals on both used tires and materials you would need to illegally wiretap someone's telephone system.

Unfortunately, we need to discuss the financial terms of this arrangement. I am sure that from the perspective of an Artworks store owner in Estonia, $400 per week for 15-20 hours of work seems like a reasonable rate. However in New York City, there is a 50% excise tax on all incoming postage and the nearest post office is in Trenton, New Jersey. This will require me to drive a car through multiple toll roads and fill the gas tank with Premium or Ultimate gas (whichever is more expensive). For these reasons I am asking that the rate be appended to $400 per day. This may seem like a much higher rate, but I am willing to also work 15-20 hours a day for one month, in order to compulsively find the best deals on computers and electronics and personal letters.

I will wait twenty-four hours for your reply, and then I will call you collect at your Estonian telephone number provided. I am not sure of the time difference between United States and Estonia, so I will wait 48 hours here in the hopes that will be 24 hours from this email receipt for you.

Thank you so much for this offer and I look forward to speaking to you over email, telephone or personal letter very soon.



  1. I always knew you would make something of yourself in NYC, Glenn.

  2. I just emailed James to tell him that premium gas is a scam. It's the only scam in either of these emails.

  3. I had a great uncle named James Kennedy. He's been dead for ten years though. I'll let his family know his identity has been stolen.

  4. Easily as good as any Bub scam bait! I REALLY hope you take this job!! LOL @ 'clothing business'!!!

  5. GLENN! if you pass on this job too, i'll never forgive you.