Feb 262010

They must be catching all the newbies, because a week or two of scouring the job boards is enough to spot the scammers:

Job Scam Ad

I was suspicious (hardly any reputable companies use throwaway Hotmail addresses these days, it just doesn’t look professional), but I responded anyway.

Their reply:

Thank you for your interest in the position we have listed on Craigslist – Accounting Asst. Please go to

http://career-network-rockymount.com/ and you can complete the application process. You can do it! Sincerely Gail P pls note – I have 2 other positions open, billing associate and Administrative Accounting Aide. If you are interested pls send me a separate email for each with job title in the subject line thanks, this facilitates a faster reply GailP good luck. Also consider looking into some additional training/education as there are funds available.

Yeah. One of the first things you learn is that if they send you to another web site to “complete the application process,” there is no job. They’re just harvesting your data, or trying to generate clickthroughs, or both.

I did a search on the domain name, and discovered it’s one of literally thousands being used by one guy for these fake job ads—what he’s really pitching is continuing education. (Check out the list at the bottom, of only some of the domains he’s used.)

Job scammers like this will be going to that very special level of hell reserved for child molesters and people who talk at the theater.

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