6.15.2007

job scam

I answered an ad on Craigsist for some freelance editing work. It was supposed to be a service that edits Asian "Engrish" into North American business English.

They sent me a fairly extensive edit test, which I took. Then the contact asked - via email - for my banking information for wire transfers. No secure server, no website, no documentation on the company.

When I said I wasn't comfortable emailing bank information, he said I could do it by phone.

I explained that I wouldn't give that information at all, because "for all I know, this could be an elaborate scam to obtain banking information". I said I could be paid by Paypal.

I have not heard back from them since, and the ad has been removed! I posted a warning on Craigslist.

The work sounded interesting. Too bad it was nonexistent!

I think I will pursue Woti's suggestion of looking for university and graduate students who need their papers and theses edited.

7 comments:

redsock said...

Ooooh! Didn't know they yanked the ad.

There was an article in June issue of The Atlantic about scamming scammers:

How To Trick an Online Scammer Into Carving a Computer Out of Wood:
Ingenious acts of cyber-vengeance
By Ron Rosenbaum

redsock said...

Click here for the text of the article.

L-girl said...

And it's Ron Rosenbaum! Cool. Thanks.

David Cho said...

You are being very smart. Good job.

I didn't know that your banking information for wire transfers could enable scammers to take money OUT of your account, but I suppose it's never a good idea to share that info.

The last scam I encountered was when I looked for a roommate through roommates.com. The scammer said he would send me an advanced payment, but he wrote the amount by mistake ($5,000), so he asked me to send me the difference between the first month's rent and $5,000. (so that would be over $4,000) ASAP because he needed to purchase a plain ticket from London to LA.

Yeah, right. I said I would have to wait till the check cleared. Never heard from him again. I really wanted to toy with him.

If there is any work for translating from North American business English to "Engrish," let me know :)

David Cho said...

Your CL post has been flagged for removal!!!!! Those jerks.

L-girl said...

Your CL post has been flagged for removal!!!!!

Technically, they're correct. You're not supposed to post anything but job listings in that category. Scam warnings and such are supposed to go in the forum. But I don't want to join the forum. I thought maybe I could get away with it.

L-girl said...

I didn't know that your banking information for wire transfers could enable scammers to take money OUT of your account

I'm not sure it can, either. But hell, considering I never heard from them again, I'd rather not find out.

so he asked me to send me the difference between the first month's rent and $5,000. (so that would be over $4,000) ASAP because he needed to purchase a plain ticket from London to LA.

Oh yes, send him that ASAP. I'll get right on it.

If there is any work for translating from North American business English to "Engrish," let me know :)

LOL

I was really looking forward to the work, too! :)