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  1. #1
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    Bloggers/Survey Collectors- Scam/Legit?

    Here's an e-mail I got recently in response to a post I inquired about. Don't know if anyone else has run into one of these so-called positions and if they're legit and of any worthy investment. It was sent by huizongyihao@hotmail.com which raised a small red flag off the get go.

    Hi Thank you for your interest. We need post writers in your area to post advertisement on Craiglist's /personal section. If you have experience in posting on this section that will be good. We pay you by the number of effective responses harvested from your post. We pay $0.04-$0.1/ reply depending on the quality of the data. So, you don't need to write long posts, and if you are good you can harvest hundreds of replies with a single post. If you are interested, please contact us for further arrangement. Thanks!
    Best regards,
    Tim
    Cat5zone Team


    Last edited by MisterMoney9; 04-02-2012 at 04:11 PM.

  2. #2
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    Re: Bloggers/Survey Collectors- Scam/Legit?

    100% 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 demand you write ads for his fake jobs. The "job" you are advertising is really a "cash the fake check" type job scam. When a potential victim responds to the scammer due to YOUR ad that YOU posted using YOUR home computer, the potential victim is told by the scammer the he/she has a job cashing checks for some business or as a personal assistant.

    The real reason the scammer wants you to write the posts is that his English grammar and spelling is so bad that he can't get responses to his crappy ads.

    When craigslist realizes YOU posted the fake job ad, YOU get the visit from the local law enforcement agency asking why are YOU hiring people to cash fake checks? The real reason the scammer can't post on craigslist is because he has already been ip banned, which you will be if you post those fake job ads. The victims are suppose to cash the fake checks and send the cash back to the scammer via Western Union or moneygram.

    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 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 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", "fraud craigslist job ad Western Union" or something similar, you will find hundreds of posts from victims and near-victims of this type of scam.
    Found a scam or scammer's email address? Post it at scamwarners.com
    Found a romance scam? Post it at romancescam.com

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    Re: Bloggers/Survey Collectors- Scam/Legit?

    Anyone who wants you to post ad's for them is doing it because their account has been banned. They are hoping to around that ban by hiring people to use their own accounts (which will also get banned). Whether or not you will get paid is dependent on the values and morals of the person you are working for... now take into account their values and morals cost them their craigslist account... will you get paid? That's up for a coin toss.

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    Re: Bloggers/Survey Collectors- Scam/Legit?

    I am new to working online but am sure anyone can see through it that it is a scam. Stay away from it. Not so many people trust the jobs offered on Craigslist.

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