ScamRadar - Report Frauds and ScamsBabysitting/Housekeeper scam on Craigslist

I recently responded to this ad via email on Craigslist:

A great family is seeking for honest,reliable and hardworking babysitter/housekeeper, your service is needed for 15 hours a week. Flexible hours. Must be responsible, competent, fun and good with kids, honest, positive attitude,light house work etc.Must be above 18.

Indicate which city and zip code you live in.For more details get back to us via our email address: fieldjunior@yahoo.com

* Compensation: $300 – $400 Weekly
* This is a part-time job.
* This is a contract job.
* OK for recruiters to contact this job poster.
* Please, no phone calls about this job!
* Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

PostingID: 2160044119

Here is the email this person sent back to me:

Hello Tijannia,

Thanks so much for your interest in our nanny advert placed on Craigslist. My Name is Junior Field, my wife’s name is Penny with our first child Paul of 3 years old. My wife is 5month’s pregnant and we are in the process of re-locating from London, UK to your city and will as well appreciate if you can recommend a good doctor for her when we arrive. I will be working on a contract basis with the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services in your area, doing private research work and am in need of someone who can help my wife with some of the house hold chores running some errands when necessary and babysitting my son Paul taking care of him as yours around these hours of 2pm – 6pm from Mondays thru Fridays. You would only be needed for few hours per week at your convenience and will like you to get back to me with your available hours.

Paul is a talented son and very bright. He is fun loving, kind and lovely. I will be needing your service till the end of the year but am offering $300.00 per week as compensation for a trustworthy and honest candidate. I have a Personal Assistant who is helping me with the re-location process. It’s okay if you prefer to be a live-in or live-out nanny as i can drop him at your home everyday and will greatly appreciate if you will be delighted to accept this offer as we would be arriving soon.
If you accept this position, I will instruct my finance manager to forward to you a check for your first week upfront payment by express mail so that i can be rest assured of your availability for the job and wouldn’t need to search for a nanny anymore. I will as well run a background check on you because it’s not easy to leave a child with someone just like that and i hope you understand my concerns.

If this employment opportunity is acceptable to you, kindly get back to me asap with the information below required for confirmation and further proceedings to take place:

Full name:
Contact Address: (No P.O. Box)
Apt #:
City:
Zip Code:
Home & Cell numbers:

Our expected arrival date is 6th of February but you will be paid beginning immediately, as i will have several small assignments for you to complete prior to our arrival, such as checking our new apartment for necessary supplies, purchasing what may be needed before our arrival, etc. All we ask from you is honesty and sincerity. And am sure you will enjoy the time you will spend with my son.

Please do get in touch on time so that we can start making arrangements with our travel agency while i await your swift response regards this employment offer and the requested details.

Sincerely,

Mr Field.

I reported it to Craigslist already, but just can’t have ease of mind knowing that this person is out there doing this to other people.

This post was submitted by Tijanina Miller-Garcia.

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88 Responses to “Babysitting/Housekeeper scam on Craigslist”

  1. Jeremy-- -- -- January 19th, 2011 11:26 am

    I have been looking for work on craigslist now for almost a year now and have had ZERO legit responses. I was about ready to just give up all together on craigslist until I found a service that helped me out tremendously.

    http://www.scamtex.com. these guys actually helped cut through the bull sh** postings and let me know if the job I was replying to with my resume was an actual job offer.

    Since using this service I have felt much more comfortable in replying to job offers and now the replies I am getting are from ACTUAL businesses that have a REAL job to offer.

    I would suggest using this service to search any and all classified postings.

  2. rachel-- -- -- January 19th, 2011 2:20 pm

    is this a scam?? i was just searching through the internet for this “Junior Field” to get an idea of their family, because i too responded to the ad. i was somewhat suspicious if it was false or not. and i recieved the exact same email that you did, just my name was put in there instead of yours.
    im not disagreeing with you at all, but how could you tell this was a scam right away? and how are they trying to scam us? just so i know what to look out for..

  3. Jeremy-- -- -- January 19th, 2011 3:24 pm

    I have used craigslist for over a year now trying to land a job, (ANY
    JOB) I have not had one legit response to any of my replies. I have
    only had auto responders for more ads and offers or NOTHING in return,
    not even a NOT HIRING…..

    I started using the http://www.scamtex.com service and have not
    received one bad reply yet. These guys investigate the posting for me
    before I submit my personal information and resume. The guys at
    http://www.scamtex.com have made this job hunting so much safer and
    easier. Now I do not waist my time replying to scam postings.

    Everyone should at least check them out. Would you stand on the street
    corner and hand out your resume to a stranger? NO? then why would you
    do it on craigslist?

  4. Cindi-- -- -- January 24th, 2011 6:33 am

    THIS IS A SCAM!!
    It’s so sad because I didn’t find out until it was ALMOST too late.

    I responded to a post from a Cathy Janis. The want your address so they can send you a check two weeks in advance to “secure your services” The checks are fake and if you cash them into your own bank they will bounce and you will owe the bank the balance if it is more than you had in your account.

    I sent my address to these criminals a day ago, then I Googled “Craigslist check Scams” and “craigslist housekeeper scams”

    I’m glad I found out before I tried to cash the bogus check they’re going to send!

  5. Cindi-- -- -- January 24th, 2011 6:34 am

    Here is what they said to me in the response to my resume on craigslist

    Hello,

    I have gone through your mail.i am glad to tell you that everything is ok with me with your mail/interest as regards the Cleaner/Househelp job position,also for accepting the offer,i believe you are fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself a reliable and good person.

    My name is Cathy Janis and am happily married to a lovely Husband Mr Brain, We have two kids ages 8yrs ,5yrs and we are expecting another baby because i am pregnant now. We are relocating to the City from the Puerto Rico, I will be coming there to work on contract basis and I will be working with the United States Hospital as Senior Doctor So We need someone who could help in cleaning our new apartment from Monday-Friday.You will be working 4 hour everyday at your convenient time and we will be offering you $450 Weekly, I believe you are fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself to be a reliable and hard working person,Our arrival date would be second week of next month. You will start working on same day., I will be spending about 2yrs for the contract job, so we will be needing your services for that time as well if am satisfied with the services you rendered. Moreso united state government will be in charges of the payment, I will instruct the FinancierAdviser to pay for the first two weeks before our arrival so as to secure your service, actually i should have paid for more weeks but i will extend the payment if am satisfy with your service after the two weeks.So Financier would be needing the following Information to make out the payment to you.

    Full Name to be on Check:……………….
    Address:……………………………………….(NOT P.O BOX)
    City:………………………………………………
    State:……………………………………………..
    Zip Code:……………………………………………
    Phone(Both Home and Cell):………………..
    Date of Birth ……………………………..

    Did you accept the Offer?
    Urgent reply will be duly appreciated.And if you have any question to ask , We would be happy if you can state it in your response to this offer.We look forward to having you as one of the family member.

    Feel Free to call me on +1 253-205-0815

    Regards
    Cathy.

  6. Anonymous-- -- -- January 24th, 2011 12:50 pm

    Ugh, I almost didn’t find out about this until it was too late either and I found this. You guys saved me, thank you.

  7. Brenda-- -- -- February 2nd, 2011 3:40 pm

    I received this email from “Junior Fields” also;
    Thanks so much for your interest in our nanny advert placed on Craigslist. My Name is Junior Field, my wife’s name is Penny with our first child Paul of 3 years old. My wife is 5month’s pregnant and we are in the process of re-locating from London, UK to your city and will as well appreciate if you can recommend a good doctor for her when we arrive. I will be working on a contract basis with the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services in your area, doing private research work and am in need of someone who can help my wife with some of the house hold chores running some errands when necessary and babysitting my son Paul taking care of him as yours around these hours of 2pm – 6pm from Mondays thru Fridays. You would only be needed for few hours per week at your convenience and will like you to get back to me with your available hours.
    Paul is a talented son and very bright. He is fun loving, kind and lovely. I will be needing your service till the end of the year but am offering $300.00 per week as compensation for a trustworthy and honest candidate. I have a Personal Assistant who is helping me with the re-location process. It’s okay if you prefer to be a live-in or live-out nanny as i can drop him at your home everyday and will greatly appreciate if you will be delighted to accept this offer as we would be arriving soon.
    If you accept this position, I will instruct my finance manager to forward to you a check for your first week upfront payment by express mail so that i can be rest assured of your availability for the job and wouldn’t need to search for a nanny anymore. I will as well run a background check on you because it’s not easy to leave a child with someone just like that and i hope you understand my concerns.

    If this employment opportunity is acceptable to you, kindly get back to me asap with the information below required for confirmation and further proceedings to take place:

    Our expected arrival date is 13th of February but you will be paid beginning immediately, as i will have several small assignments for you to complete prior to our arrival, such as checking our new apartment for necessary supplies, purchasing what may be needed before our arrival, etc. All we ask from you is honesty and sincerity. And am sure you will enjoy the time you will spend with my son.

    Please do get in touch on time so that we can start making arrangements with our travel agency while i await your swift response regards this employment offer and the requested details.

    Sincerely,

    Mr Field.

    I thought I’d run a check on HIM if he was going to run one on me.(that’s only fair, right?) I cut and pasted the whole first paragraph into my google search bar and came up with THIS web site……I think I’ll pass on this offer…….I found this add was placed in an Arizona Craigslist as well as bakersfield, CA.

  8. Ruchala-- -- -- February 3rd, 2011 7:46 pm

    I also responded to this email, not knowing it was fake. He sent me a check for a really large amount and I felt weird about it so I had the bank check them before putting them in my bank. The only difference with my email is that he told me he was arriving the 6th not the 13th. So glad I realized it before anything happened. Though I’m still not sure what he was trying to accomplish.

  9. B.S. True-- -- -- February 4th, 2011 8:21 am

    Tijannia, I think the possibility of a scam comes from this paragraph,

    “Our expected arrival date is 6th of February but you will be paid beginning immediately, as i will have several small assignments for you to complete prior to our arrival, such as checking our new apartment for necessary supplies, purchasing what may be needed before our arrival, etc.”
    Did he send you a check for more than the $300 he first mentioned? I think he would then instruct you to purchase certain items”for their arrival” and either have you send them or leave them somewhere that his “assistant” would recover them. Then when the check didn’t clear, YOU would be responsible for the $.

    It’s really too bad, I too would love to have a shot at a job with those benefits. I guess that’s how they find so many people to respond to their ad.

    Imagine if they could send you a check and then ask you if you would go and purchase them a laptop or I-pad and have you meet their assistant to drop it off.
    Then, you don’t hear from them for a week, 2 weeks, etc… Then your Bank calls and tells you that the check you deposited/cashed was no good, and you have to give the $ back!

    15 yrs ago they would have got me, but with the internet, we are able to look this up and prevent a disaster. Remember, you can google/search ANYTHING.
    I have replaced a car’s thermostat, fixed a bad element on a dryer, learned how to knit, all with step by step instructions and/or videos(on youtube) to show me the way.
    Right now I’m in the process of learning how to start a small business.

    Don’t let this little situation get you down, learn from it, and get out there and learn what you need to do to be successful! Start your own homecare or childcare business. Maybe a cleaning business or a sewing/alteration business.
    YOU CAN DO IT!
    Good luck sister….

  10. lavi-- -- -- March 9th, 2011 11:08 am

    Here is the email I got when I applied to a job on Sittercity, and after corresponding a few times, she sent picture of “her family” to really try to make it look legit, SO BEWARE PEOPLE!

    Hi Dear,
    Am glad you wrote back so sorry it took me so long to get back to you been having internet problems, Am not sure how best to go about this nanny choosing, as you should understand that a child is not what you just leave in the care of anyone as there has to be trust and love as very good parent would give to a child. Will be nice to have a presonally interview so as to create a concrete ground with the hope of all best expectations. I did lose my mom about a two weeks ago and only had her funeral some days back here in England and we should be back in states in a week from now, hence, we have been for a look out for a nanny even before the death of mom. It will be nice if we find one before we get back home and it happens to be you then we would be the happiest people as myself and my husband will be so occupied by work in the coming week and we just seek to have the best person to look over our child. We can kindly get on with all formal interview before we arrive back States and it will be nice if you could come on Instant messenger to we could have a formal chat and of course conduct some interviews and exchnage a few questions so as to prepare ahead of our coming home. You can meet me on yahoo IM on thisID: jamie.campbell58@yahoo.com just fix a time and i will make out some time within the next 24hours.Thank you so much and i do hope for a better communication and look forward to having you as best of family and friends.

    I have listed some questions from for you below as i was adviced by the nanny site that these questions should be the basis for for us to make a choice of a good baby sitter.
    Our kids means everything to us and we would do all withing our best of efforts to give them the best of things in life.

    I hope the questiions are not so breath taking , we are only trying to act as we have been directed by the nanny site so we can know we are having someone with enormous experience when it comes to baby sitting.

    Questions are listed below:

    Do you smoke?
    How well do you like pets ?Any allergies?
    Do you drink alcohol?
    Do you speak any languages other than English?
    Would you work in a position with a mom how far? how long?
    What are your education goals?
    Have you ever been treated for mental illness/depression?

    How many children do you feel comfortable caring for?
    What ages do you prefer?
    Are you CPR and first aid certified?
    What are your weaknesses/limitations?
    What are your strengths?
    What do you like to do your free time?
    How many people are in your family?
    What is your relationship like with your parents and siblings?
    What jobs have you had in the past?
    Have you been a past nanny ?where do you get a job?

    Are you interested in taking classes?
    How assertive are you?Do you feel you communication?

    How much do you charge and what hours are you available?
    I hope to get your response back soon enough so we can get on with this.

    Thank you and stay blessed lastly kindly send atleast one of your reference (s) so we can contact them and know more about you.

    Write soon!!

  11. SGR-- -- -- April 3rd, 2011 12:12 pm

    This is the email I received after emailing my resume….I know this is a scam due to the fact that had they paid attention to the name on the email & the name on the header of my resume are different. I did this just to see if they would catch it and mention it when they wrote back. I mean if you seen 2 different names even if they’re just spelled differently but the same name, wouldn’t u want to know why the person wanting to watch your children don’t even know which way to spell their name? I certainly wouldn’t,much less respond with what they did. This guy went as far as even calling me but made sure he didn’t stay on the phone over like 2min, called from a blocked #, then when i asked him to have his wife contact me he said he’d have her call later cuz he wasn’t at home right now. Now, as a mother, MOST GOOD PARENTS, want to MEET the person they’re entrusting their childs life with.
    Here’s what it said…..
    ___________________________________________________________
    Hello stevi green,

    Thanks so much for your interest in our nanny advert My Name is Simon, my wife’s name is Penny with our first child Paul of 12 years old and the second is age 9. My wife is 5month’s pregnant and we are in the process of re-locating to your city, I will be working on a contract basis with the Department of Health and Family Services, doing private research work and am in need of someone who can help my wife with some of the house hold chores running some errands when necessary and babysitting my son Paul taking care of him as yours around these hours of 8am – 7pm from Mondays thru Fridays with 4 weeks holiday a year.. You would only be needed for few hours per week at your convenience and will like you to get back to me with your available hours.

    Paul is a talented son and very bright. He is fun loving, kind and lovely. I will be needing your service till the end of the year but am offering $300.00 per week as compensation for a trustworthy and honest candidate. I have a Personal Assistant who is helping me with the re-location process. It’s okay if you prefer to be a live-in or live-out nanny as i can drop him at your home everyday and will greatly appreciate if you will be delighted to accept this offer as we would be arriving soon.

    If you accept this position, I will instruct my finance manager to forward to you a check for your first week upfront payment by express mail so that i can be rest assured of your availability for the job and wouldn’t need to search for a nanny anymore. I will as well run a background check on you because it’s not easy to leave a child with someone just like that and i hope you understand my concerns.

    If this employment opportunity is acceptable to you, kindly get back to me asap with the information below required for confirmation and further proceedings to take place:

    Full name:
    Contact Address: (No P.O. Box)
    Apt #:
    City:
    State:
    Zip Code:
    Home & Cell numbers:

    you will be paid beginning immediately,
    Please do get in touch on time so that we can start making arrangements with our travel agency while i await your swift response regards this employment offer and the requested details.

    Sincerely,

    Mr Simon Clark
    ____________________________________________________
    After he sent me this I told him I wouldn’t send any of the information he was requesting till I have a verified number I could reach him@and his wife had contacted me as well. I never heard from him again but kept the emails for all of them. I’d say about 80% of these types of ads are fraud because it doesn’t matter how much information they ask for, I care if they don’t even MENTION keeping in contact other then thru mail… I didn’t change nething else tho on the resume so I hope nothing happens2all my stored my personal shit…guess my next project is saving everything to my computer just in case the have a key logger program that runs in the background while its loading. DO NOT TRUST THEM! Not only that, I told him2call me so I’d have HIS contact info but I sent him mine.
    For those of u that can, make sure you put the max security on ur emails, like site keys or additional login info that sends alerts2ur phone or email when sum1 has accessed ur acct thru another terminal then the one set to be primary.

  12. Anonymous-- -- -- April 24th, 2011 8:55 pm

    Thank you SO MUCH for posting this. I can’t imagine how much this would have hurt a friend of mine who is going through hard times, and trying to make ends meet. We found this post just in time. You saved them a lot of pain, and mental anguish. Thanks!

  13. Brandi-- -- -- April 29th, 2011 9:34 pm

    anberfamily@gmail.com thats thr email adress I also just got scammed by them same type of email I gave them my info god only.knows what their gonna do with iy next im nervous so please everyone else beware!!!

  14. Sue-- -- -- May 11th, 2011 6:11 pm

    I am so glad to have found this information. Our daughter, away at college, just received the check from these people. We’ve been battling with her about our uncertainty with this offer. She’s a smart girl and eager to make money and be independent so it frustratred her to that we expressed doubts. I’m not glad to be right but thankful that we prevented this from going any further. We could not figure out how this would go wrong but were 99% certain it would. Now we know. Thank you all.

  15. Anonymous-- -- -- May 25th, 2011 10:25 pm

    I too was almost pulled in by this fraud. The minute they told me $500 a week for 15 hours I became suspicious.

    From what I understand from reading this web page, they give you the check, it is fake, you try and use that money, check bounces, and all of a sudden you owe the bank a lot of money.

    BUT! What I don’t understand is what they are getting out of this?

    What am I missing?
    Someone please explain?

  16. angel-- -- -- June 2nd, 2011 1:24 pm

    I recently responded to a similar ad on craigslist. he said he was relocating from th UK to work for the EPA in louisiana. He sent me pictures of the family and seemed really legit until I got the check in the mail and it was mailed from georgia and the check was from a software company in california. His name was Nelson Fletcher in the emails but it was mailed from a man named Allen Mark. I havent cashed the check. http://www.hoax-slayer.com/baby-sitting-overpayment-scam.shtml this is the website that clued me into what was going on. I really hate that there are so many people that will prey on good hard working people just because they need a job in this horrible economy.

  17. Rachel-- -- -- June 2nd, 2011 11:50 pm

    Unfortunately, I too have fallen for this scam. Luckily no check has been sent to me. It’s a shame because I am a college student looking for part time work over the summer. Now I regret ever using craigslist to find a job. My boyfriend smelled a rat ever since the woman offered me money up front without ever meeting me or at least talking to me over the phone. Oh well. I guess the saying, If it looks too good to be true then its probably is, is indeed true. Here is what the woman/man whoever it may be sent me. I hope to pass the word along to prevent this from happening to anyone else.

    Good Morning Rachel,

    How are you doing today? Hope you’re doing good! Am really sorry for my late response, I have spoken with the member of my family regarding your position in the house and it all went well. Am sure you will glad working with us, we will be arriving on the 5th June and im sure you will be available then? I’ve forwarded your information to my finance manager and I will let you know with the tracking number of the payment as soon as the payment is mailed out to you.

    I’ll like you to keep eye on the payment and check your email everyday for tracking number of the payment. I will instruct my landlord to mail the keys and the full description to the apartment to you as soon as the renovation work is completed so that you can do all other necessary preparations before we arrive. Am sure the renovation would be completed this friday and keys and paperwork would be sent to you immediately okay!

    Please, kindly get back to me with those 3 days you will be available, morning or afternoon any is good. I’ll really need your commitment and honesty. Your responsibilities includes: mopping, sweeping, vacuuming, making beds, dusting, cleaning toilets, sinks, bathtubs and run errands .

    I’ve attached pictures with this email and i’ll also like to view yours as well. We can’t wait to meet you.

    Hope to read from you soon. Thank you and have a wonderful day.

    Regards

    Jamie John

  18. Laura Brady-- -- -- June 8th, 2011 7:23 pm

    I almost took a scam craigslist job from Michael Eratus, and I’m a little sad to find out that it couldn’t be real because it looks exactly like the other scams out there. I got a little nervous that he said he was from London, England but his grammar and sentence structure were both awful. He also would capitalize random things. He also would not reply to questions I had for him or anything else I said to him in my emails. Also, the terms “lodging” and “your area” pop up over and over which are strange in this context… here are his emails.

    Hello, this email serve’s as an acknowledgement for your resume. Your resume as been received and will be reviewed.
    My name is Micheal Eratus, I am the head civil engineer with Shimmick Construction and Renovation Co.. London England…I just went through your resume as a good caregiver for infants. Hence I would want to leave my 3 year old daughter Juliana in your care everyday as I would accompany 3 other delegates for an inspection tour of one of our Building project located near you in the United States. The inspection tour implies that I leave my hotel some few hours every day to the Building site and back home, this would make it difficult to take care of my kid; this tour would stretch from the 21th of june. through 21th of july.

    I need someone who can do 5 hours a day Monday – Friday.

    I would like to know your number of times and hours of availability weekly basis as soon as we arrive. So I can schedule my appointment of leaving home daily…
    I’m offering $30 an hour plus gas / negotiable, as I would want all condition conducive for both you and Juliana while in your care.

    Juliana is adorable and gets along easily with people, never allergic and sleeps a lot, I would be sending you her PICTURE as soon as I get a reply from you indicating your readiness to care for her everyday before I return.

    Thanks .
    Micheal. E

    ALSO

    Thanks for resolving my situation to baby-sit Juliana.How is your week going?I am coming to huston texas,I have attached Her pictures here with. You would be babysitting in a nearby hotel around your location.I would forward the address to you in due time. But if you do not feel comfortable at the hotel I would be lodging then your home would be perfect.
    Please fill up the Questionnaire below to facilitate your chances:

    REQUIRED INFORMATION
    ———Name:
    ———Address:
    ———Apt No:
    ———City:
    ———State:
    ———Zip code:
    ———Phone: Home and cell:
    ———Age:
    ———Sex:
    ———Present occupation:
    ———Number of years as a babysitter:
    ———Number of available reference:

    Agreements
    $30 per hour plus gas.-
    Job duration of one month
    5 hours daily Monday – Friday total of $3000 for the total time frame.

    Advance payment of a week would be arranged for you as soon as you agree to the terms above.

    Thanks
    Micheal E.

    The really sad thing was he had two pictures of “Julianna”

  19. Ashley-- -- -- June 12th, 2011 4:54 pm

    OMGGG i know! I got an email from a “Henry Rodriquez” from the UK SAME exact email…I cant believe someone out there is doing this to so many people and i cant believe Ifell for this shit and gave them my email…thank God for my dad who searched for these people and found out about everyone else who was being scammed the same exact way as I was. I hate these people and they need to be stopped! Im just glad I didnt cash the check yet, although we were going to go to the bank he made the check out for, not my account, because we had a pretty good idea it was fake..i mean, who sends a 17 year old girl he doesn’t even know $2,755 dollars? I just wish we could let more people know…

  20. Nikki-- -- -- June 12th, 2011 5:53 pm

    Thanks for letting me know about this. I gave out my full name and cell #, but luckily I didn’t give away any more info. I am so glad I found out before it was too late. Here’s what happened to me:

    I understand you need an answer right away, but I am not clear on what is going to happen. I did not know you were out of the country and I honestly don’t feel very comfortable working for you if we haven’t conducted a proper interview first. We have not met in person yet, and I due to internet safety percautions I take, I am not allowed to accept this job until I have met the family at least once in person. I don’t feel comfortable sharing too much personal information without having met you yet. I really hope you understand my concern.

    — On Sun, 6/12/11, Steven Lloyd wrote:

    From: Steven Lloyd
    Subject: Re: Craigslist Ad
    To: ****@yahoo.com
    Date: Sunday, June 12, 2011, 8:03 AM

    Thanks for the information provided and the availability that you will be taking care of my son for the period of my stay in Scotland.Thank you for taking out time to respond to me,I am sure you will have a great time with Josh and i will want you to take care of Josh like your own beloved child. He is 2 years of age, has no allergies and likes playing around with puppies and cat, likes other kids as well watching cartoons and other nice things which is always fun for him and i think you would love to have him around as he’s playful and fun loving.My son is not allergic to any food as he loves taking snack, chocolates and juice and ice cream but vanilla flavor.

    I know you are being paid for this but to me is a favor you are doing me by wanting to take care of him and showing him care,love and happiness as i don’t want him to lack all. As I’ve explained to you earlier in my previous email he means everything to me, I want you to know that i have reviewed your proposal and re-read your application sent to me, and to be honest am highly impressed. And i want you to know that am hiring you right away, which the payment will start by this week, As i have checked my schedule i may not be around this Month, but i will be preparing your payment and will mail the payment as a check to you. As i will be trusting you with my son, first i will need you to do just this for him first, the payment I will be sending you will including the other bills and other necessary things my son may be needing, so once you have the payment cashed, you will deduct your money for one week and later send the difference/balance to my neighbor who will be taking care of him later in the day while you are gone,it will be for his welfare till i am back from Scotland.I believe i can trust you in getting this done. I will be waiting to read from you with a go ahead so as to be able to issue the payment you.

    If so i will require the following details below from you once again ;

    (1) (Check Payable name) Your full names:
    (2) Contact address:…not P.O.Bx
    (3) Telephone/cell numbers:
    Awaiting your soonest reply.

    THANKS
    You can call me on my personal number if there is anything else you will like to know # 011447045791074

    Thanks

    Steven Lloyd.

    —–Original Message—–
    From: **
    To: Steven Lloyd
    Sent: Sat, Jun 11, 2011 6:38 pm
    Subject: Re: Craigslist Ad

    I am 20 and I am a Elementary Music Education major at **. I am a junior in college and have alot of experience with kids.I was also a guitar instructor and gave classes to kids of all ages. I have a baby brother who is 7. I have experience with babies and toddlers, since I have mostly been responsible of him since he was born. I do not have any criminal records. I am single, no kids, but consider my brother ****** as my own. I do not drink or smoke.
    I also have previous babysitting experience and if you want, I can give you a list of refrences. I also have refrences from current housekeeping clients, since that is what I do now. I would like to know if we can schedule a personal interview, since I would feel more comfortable meeting you and your son, if possible, in person first and so we can discuss the details of the job, since I have several other job offers at the moment as well. Also, I’d like to know where in the DFW area do you live?
    My cell phone number is (214)***-****

    -Nikki ******
    — On Fri, 6/10/11, Steven Lloyd wrote:

    From: Steven Lloyd
    Subject: Re: Craigslist Ad
    To: ******@yahoo.com
    Date: Friday, June 10, 2011, 4:04 PM

    Thank you for getting back to me , My name is Steven Lloyd, I’m Originally from Dallas, right now i will be very busy with my seminar/workshop that is why i need a nanny for my son, as explained in my ad I need a nanny for my Son, his name is Josh and he is 2 yrs old, he is well behaved ,you will be taking care of him between the hours of 1pm – 4pm daily at your place, we may not be able to meet in person, because I’m a very busy person and still busy with the works in front of me right now, but once we agree on terms and condition and once we are done with the payment part, my neighbor would be the one who will be bringing him to the location which we will agree on together,She would be the one taking care of his well being till i get back home.And as speculated , i would only be able to pay $80 per day, And i would be paying equivalent of $400 per week,email me to let me know when you would be available to start, so i can be able to check with my neighbor, and will be able to know how to prepare your first week payment so you can be able to start as soon as I’m through with the payment. And please do not hesitate to tell me a little more about yourself and your experience. let me know if your okay with my condition, After a month i will know if you will continue taking care of him or not,which will depends on your relationship with my son.

    I will be able to pay for 5 days a week and I have nothing to worry about since the neighbor would be taking good care of him for me during after hours, but Please you still will have to guarantee me of taking proper care of my boy. And let me know what hours you will be free .If you are interested in the position, I will like you to send me an email with a brief summary of your nanny experience or your resume. As well as some references if any.I also have a small interview for you if you are interested in the position. It is stated below:

    1)What are your academics qualifications?
    2)Do you have certificate to back up your Tutoring?
    3)How old are you?
    4)Are you married?
    5)Do you have kid(s)?
    6)Do you have any criminal records?
    I want you to send me your full name and your contact address, and your phone number.

    Thanks
    Steven Lloyd.

    —–Original Message—–
    From: ****
    To: sllyodsteven
    Sent: Mon, Jun 6, 2011 2:49 pm
    Subject: Craigslist Ad

    Hello,
    I am looking for a MON-FRI summer babysitting job and I came across your ad on Craigslist. I am interested in the postition and I’d like to know where in the DFW area do you live? I am a student at **** and I live in ***, TX. I am a Musical Education major and I have experience with kids. I’m currently working as a housekeeper and I am bilingual. I have been a Sunday school teacher at my dad’s church, teaching kids ages 5-11 for years and I also have refrences from other babysitting jobs.

    -Nikki ****

  21. leslie-- -- -- June 12th, 2011 8:16 pm

    WOW so thankful I’m a suspicious twentysomething and stumbled upon this thread before it went too far! I thought it seemed fishy and too good to be true…here’s mine. Exactly the same as the last post, but with a different name…

    Hello, this email serve’s as an acknowledgement for your resume. Your resume as been received and will be reviewed.
    My name is benny burns, I am the head civil engineer with Shimmick Construction and Renovation Co.. London England…I just went through your resume as a good caregiver for infants. Hence I would want to leave my 3 year old daughter Juliana in your care everyday as I would accompany 3 other delegates for an inspection tour of one of our Building project located near you in the United States. The inspection tour implies that I leave my hotel some few hours every day to the Building site and back home, this would make it difficult to take care of my kid; this tour would stretch from the 30th of june. through 30th of july.

    I need someone who can do 5 hours a day Monday – Friday.
    I would like to know your number of times and hours of availability weekly basis as soon as we arrive. So I can schedule my appointment of leaving home daily…
    I’m offering $50 an hour plus gas / negotiable, as I would want all condition conducive for both you and Juliana while in your care.
    Juliana is adorable and gets along easily with people, never allergic and sleeps a lot, I would be sending you her PICTURE as soon as I get a reply from you indicating your readiness to care for her everyday before I return.

    Thanks .
    benny burns

  22. Brenda-- -- -- June 13th, 2011 1:30 pm

    I have seen this add posted many times since my first response to it.
    Here is what I do now when I see one of these on Craigslist;
    FLAG IT. Then it is removed (if only temporarily) and they have to go to the trouble of reposting. This scam comes in many versions, but generally it’s a job offer of some kind, where you get paid ALOT more than you could normally make for an unskilled job with pretty much no experience. It’s usually in the area of $300-$400 bucks a week or more to do something like nanny or drive as a chauffeur or assist someone, for only 10-25 hours a week. BEWARE, the scammers are making THEIR money the easy way, but it’s illegal. We have to WORK for our pay, so don’t get greedy and fall for their schemes.

  23. Nicole-- -- -- June 13th, 2011 4:09 pm

    This scam is also on craigslist Chicago…seemed suspicious. I searched for Shimmick Construction and Renovation Co which of course doesn’t exist. Good luck finding a job folks!

    Hello, this email serve’s as an acknowledgement for your resume. Your resume as been received and will be reviewed.My name is benny burns, I am the head civil engineer with Shimmick Construction and Renovation Co.. London England…I just went through your resume as a good caregiver for infants. Hence I would want to leave my 3 year old daughter Juliana in your care everyday as I would accompany 3 other delegates for an inspection tour of one of our Building project located near you in the United States. The inspection tour implies that I leave my hotel some few hours every day to the Building site and back home, this would make it difficult to take care of my kid; this tour would stretch from the 15th of june. through 15th of july.

    I need someone who can do 5 hours a day Monday – Friday.

    I would like to know your number of times and hours of availability weekly basis as soon as we arrive. So I can schedule my appointment of leaving home daily…
    I’m offering $30 an hour plus gas / negotiable, as I would want all condition conducive for both you and Juliana while in your care.

    Juliana is adorable and gets along easily with people, never allergic and sleeps a lot, I would be sending you her PICTURE as soon as I get a reply from you indicating your readiness to care for her everyday before I return.

    Thanks .
    benny burns

  24. Annie-- -- -- June 13th, 2011 5:29 pm

    I’ve been looking for work for a while and I’ve sent out loads of resumes and emails. I got this one today. It looks pretty seedy, is it a scam??

    “Hello, this email serve’s as an acknowledgement for your resume. Your resume as been received and will be reviewed.My name is benny burns, I am the head civil engineer with Shimmick Construction and Renovation Co.. London England…I just went through your resume as a good caregiver for infants. Hence I would want to leave my 3 year old daughter Juliana in your care everyday as I would accompany 3 other delegates for an inspection tour of one of our Building project located near you in the United States. The inspection tour implies that I leave my hotel some few hours every day to the Building site and back home, this would make it difficult to take care of my kid; this tour would stretch from the 30th of june. through 30th of july.

    I need someone who can do 5 hours a day Monday – Friday.
    I would like to know your number of times and hours of availability weekly basis as soon as we arrive. So I can schedule my appointment of leaving home daily…
    I’m offering $30 an hour plus gas / negotiable, as I would want all condition conducive for both you and Juliana while in your care.
    Juliana is adorable and gets along easily with people, never allergic and sleeps a lot, I would be sending you her PICTURE as soon as I get a reply from you indicating your readiness to care for her everyday before I return.

    Thanks .
    Benny Patrick.

    benny patrick “

  25. Jessica Cooper-- -- -- June 17th, 2011 5:34 pm

    I too have fell for the “Benny burns/Juliana” scam. I am sick to my stomach with actually falling for something like this. I have not been sent a check yet, but I gave them the required information. I’m not sure what to do at this point.

  26. destiny algarin-- -- -- June 20th, 2011 11:35 pm

    I’m 13 going on 14 I love kids & playing with them. Also cleaning. I’m mostly free all hours. I’m looking for something todo on my free time. Also I live in Pennsylvania.

  27. Sarah-- -- -- June 24th, 2011 5:14 am

    This is the email I got in reply to a nanny job. I immediately replied with a F U and reported them.

    Good Morning,

    Thank you so much for your interest in our Nanny advert placed on Craigslist. My Name is Mr. Smith Baker and  my wife’s name is Michelle Baker with our first child Michael. My wife is 5 months pregnant and we are in the process of re-locating from Scotland to your city. I will as well appreciate if you can recommend a good doctor for her when we arrive. I will be coming there with my family to work on contract basis with United States Environmental Protection Agency on a private research work. I need someone who can help my wife with some of the house hold chores running some errands when necessary and babysitting for my Son “Michael”. Taking care of him as your son from Mondays through Fridays. You would only be needed for few hours per week at your convenience and I will like you to get back to me with your available hours.

    Michael is a talented child and very bright. He is fun loving and very kind. I will be needing your service till the end of the year but I’m offering $400.00 per week as compensation for a trustworthy and honest Nanny. I have a Personal Assistant who is helping me with the re-location process. It’s okay if you prefer to be a live-in or live-out Nanny as i can drop him at your home everyday and will greatly appreciate if you will be delighted to accept this offer as we would be arriving soon.

    If you accept this position, I will instruct my financier Assistant to forward to you a check for your first week upfront payment either by  FedEx or USPS so that i can be rest assured of your availability for the job and  i wouldn’t need to be searching for a nanny anymore. I will as well run a background check on you because it’s not easy to leave a child with someone just like that and i hope you understand my concerns.

    If this employment opportunity is acceptable to you, I will like you to say YES and get back to me asap with the required information below for confirmation and further proceedings to take place:

     — Your Full Name
    — Your Mailing Address
    — City:
    — State :
    — Zip Code :
    — Your Phone Number (Both home and Cell)

    Our expected arrival date is 13Th of July, 2011 but you will be paid beginning immediately, as i will have several small assignments for you to complete prior to our arrival, such as checking our new apartment for necessary supplies, purchasing what may be needed before our arrival, etc. All we ask from you is complete honesty and sincerity. And I’m very sure you will enjoy the time you will spend with my son and everyone of us generally.

    Please do get in touch on time so that we can start making arrangements with our travel agency while i await your swift response regards this employment offer and the requested details.

    Best Regards,
    Smith Baker.

  28. B.S. True-- -- -- June 24th, 2011 6:39 pm

    In the future, let’s all agree to flag this ad whenever we see it on Craigslist, that takes it down and makes the scammers have to relist it.

  29. Mims-- -- -- June 28th, 2011 12:32 am

    I received one as well from a “Lucas Moore” a supposed head civil engineer with Shimmick Construction London telling me he would leave his 3 year old “Julia” in my care. It sounded like a total scam and I looked it up online and found this site.

    Unbeleivable..

  30. Celina-- -- -- June 29th, 2011 8:40 am

    I too responded to something similar from a smith backer

    Good Morning,

    Thank you so much for your interest in our Nanny advert placed on
    Craigslist. My Name is Mr. Smith Baker and  my wife’s name is Michelle
    Baker with our first daughter Patricia and Michael the second child.
    My wife is 5 months pregnant and we are in the process of re-locating
    from Scotland to your city. I will as well appreciate if you can
    recommend a good doctor for her when we arrive. I will be coming there
    with my family to work on contract basis with United States
    Environmental Protection Agency on a private research work. I need
    someone who can help my wife with some of the house hold chores
    running some errands when necessary and taking care of my Children ”
    Patricia & Michael”. Taking care of them as your children from Mondays
    through Fridays. You would only be needed for few hours per week at
    your convenience and I will like you to get back to me with your
    available hours.

    Michael & Patricia are talented children and very bright. They are
    loving and very kind. I will be needing your service till the end of
    the year but I’m offering $400.00 per week as compensation for a
    trustworthy and honest Nanny. I have a Personal Assistant who is
    helping me with the re-location process. It’s okay if you prefer to be
    a live-in or live-out Nanny as i can drop them at your home everyday
    and will greatly appreciate if you will be delighted to accept this
    offer as we would be arriving soon.

    If you accept this position, I will instruct my financier Assistant to
    forward to you a check for your first week upfront payment either by
    FedEx or USPS so that i can be rest assured of your availability for
    the job and  i wouldn’t need to be searching for a nanny anymore. I
    will as well run a background check on you because it’s not easy to
    leave a children with someone just like that and i hope you understand
    my concerns.

    If this employment opportunity is acceptable by you, I will like you
    to say YES and get back to me asap with the required information below
    for confirmation and further proceedings to take place:

    — Your Full Name
    — Your Mailing Address
    — City:
    — State :
    — Zip Code :
    — Your Phone Number (Both home and Cell)

    Our expected arrival date is 13Th of July, 2011 but you will be paid
    beginning immediately, as i will have several small assignments for
    you to complete prior to our arrival, such as checking our new
    apartment for necessary supplies, purchasing what may be needed before
    our arrival, etc. All we ask from you is complete honesty and
    sincerity. And I’m very sure you will enjoy the time you will spend
    with my children and everyone of us generally.

    Please do get in touch on time so that we can start making
    arrangements with our travel agency while i await your swift response
    regards this employment offer and the requested details.

    Best Regards,
    Smith Baker.
    So glad I found this site I received another today saying I would receive a check.

    Dear Worker,
     
    How are you doing today? I want to use this opportunity to inform you that my financier will be mailing you a check payment soon, finally it will get delivered to your door step on or before 9th of July 2011. Once you received the check, firstly deduct your first week payment which is $400 then the rest of the fund which supposed to be budget for the Foodstuffs and other things that will be needed in our Apartment should be pend for now. The reason for this is that we are still going to balance our Traveling Agent in order to accomplished all necessary documents that are needed to back up our traveling down to United State.
     
    Having deducted $400 your own first week Nanny service charges, then you will send the rest of the fund to the traveling agent via western union transfer Agent around you. I hope you have a Western Union agent close to you where you can execute the Western Union Transfer to the Traveling Agent so he can be able to Ship us all the Documents that will back up our Traveling from Scotland down to United State. If you can be able to complete this assignment for me and my wife i will compensate you an extra amount of $100 for rendering your Assistant for me, my wife and my children. I should have the fund across to the traveling agent myself but i run out fund here.
     
    I hope i can trust and count on you with the money you are sending to the agent for our Traveling Documents? And i will be looking forward to see you on our arrival. I hope when my wife and children arrive they will be in good hands.

    Thank you and God bless. Soon i will email you the USPS OR FEDEX Tracking number of the payment package as soon as the check payment have been written and mail out to you by the Financier. I will email you the Tracking number of the payment package for you to know the exact delivery date of the check Payment. I will do this once the Financier have sent me the Tracking Number information.
     
    Finally, do not forget that our arrival date is 13Th of July, 2011. As you can see is getting much closer to us. Please get back to me once you received this message.
     
    Thanks and God bless you.
     
    Best Regards,
    Mr & Mrs Baker.

  31. Allyssa-- -- -- June 30th, 2011 1:45 pm

    I sent my resume to these schmucks!!! it has my name, phone number, address, my last 5 jobs, and my references’ phone numbers!!!! I’m so mad!! He went by Kelly Richardson, he gave me the same crud with London and Shimmick Construction and his daughter Juliana and whatnot, no answers to any of my questions just a bunch of shady weirdness offering more money than usual…I’m going back onto Craigslist and I’m FLAGGING this job post! It’s real unfortunate because the initial add seemed legitimate (it was for a set of TWINS) until I got this weirdo email (specifying ONE single daughter). I guess it goes to show, you should NEVER apply for a nanny or sitter job on Craigslist :(

    Funny thing is, they also mentioned something about speaking good enough English in the initial add on Craigslist, I suppose my English expertise on my resume and my indication of such in my email made these suckers extra careful. And too bad I’m smart enough to realize if you were even that well-off to pay that much for care services, you’d probably pay an actual professional certified to even charge that much to care for the Alzheimer’s patient instead of cooping your kid up with some random American for a month.

    This is the email I received from Mr. “Kelly Richardson”:

    Kelly Richardson
    To Allyssa T*****
    Hello,

    Thanks for replying back to my online job posting. This email serves as an acknowledgement of your response to the job posted on craigslist. My name is Kelly Richardson. I am the head civil engineer with Shimmick Construction and Renovation Co located in London, United Kingdom. I will be coming over to the US on official assignment with my daugther. My daughter would have stayed back in the UK with my wife but my father in-law is sick with mild alzheimer’s disease and my wife is the one looking after my father in-law at the hospital. So my wife wont have much time to take good care of our daughter because of her dad’s illness.

    I will be coming over to the US with my daughter and I want to leave her in your care everyday as I will accompany 3 other delegates for an inspection tour to one of our buildings project located near you in the United States. My daughter’s name is Juliana and she is 3 years old. The inspection tour implies that I leave my hotel for few hours every day to the building site and back to the hotel. This would make it difficult to take care of my kid. This tour would stretch from July 25th, 2011 through August 19th, 2011.

    I need someone who can do 8 to 10 hours per day Monday through Friday.

    I will like to know your number of times and hours of availability weekly basis as soon as we arrive. So I can schedule my appointment of leaving the hotel daily.
    I’m offering $20 an hour plus gas / negotiable, as I would want all conditions conducive for both you and Juliana while she is in your care.

    Juliana is adorable and gets along easily with people, never allergic and sleeps a lot. I will be expecting your response as soon as possible indicating your readiness to care of Juliana everyday before I return back to the hotel.

    Regards,
    Kelly Richardson

  32. B.S.True-- -- -- June 30th, 2011 3:53 pm

    Celina, Your’s is a very valuable post! Earlier in this thread people were wondering how this guy makes money off of you if he’s the one sending the checks. Well here it is, plain as day, he writes;

    “Having deducted $400 your own first week Nanny service charges, then you will send the rest of the fund to the traveling agent via western union transfer Agent around you. ”

    There, that’s how he scams you. You cash the (phoney) check, send HIM (not a traveling agent) $$ by western union, (notice HE isn’t using Western Union to send YOU your check because you have to pony up the cash to Western Union like for a cashiers check). Then the check you cashed originally, bounces and you get a call from your bank demanding ALL the $$ back. You are the one who has to return the cash, even though you sent a bunch of it to that scum.

    THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO WHEN YOU SEE AN ADD LIKE THIS IS FLAGG IT, SO IT GETS REMOVED IMMEDIATELY FROM CRAIGSLIST!

  33. Lol@This-- -- -- July 1st, 2011 11:42 pm

    I didn’t even send a resume! I knew it was a scam, I was just bored but seriously what is it that they get from sending checks that don’t cash???

    Hello, this email serve’s as an acknowledgement for your resume. Your resume as been received and will be reviewed.
    My name is Lucas Moore, I am the head civil engineer with Shimmick Construction and Renovation Co.. London England…I just went through your resume as a good caregiver for infants. Hence I would want to leave my 3 year old daughter Juliana in your care everyday as I would accompany 3 other delegates for an inspection tour of one of our Building project located near you in the United States. The inspection tour implies that I leave my hotel some few hours every day to the Building site and back home, this would make it difficult to take care of my kid; this tour would stretch from the 15th of july. through 15th of august.
    I need someone who can do 5 hours a day Monday – Friday.
    I would like to know your number of times and hours of availability weekly basis as soon as we arrive. So I can schedule my appointment of leaving home daily…
    I’m offering $40 an hour plus gas / negotiable, as I would want all condition conducive for both you and Juliana while in your care.
    Juliana is adorable and gets along easily with people, never allergic and sleeps a lot, I would be sending you her PICTURE as soon as I get a reply from you indicating your readiness to care for her everyday before I return.

    Thanks .
    Lucas Moore

  34. B.S.True-- -- -- July 2nd, 2011 8:44 pm

    Lol@, The problem is, your bank probably would cash the check, you’d get the $ and then you would be asked to send some of it back to his “travel agent” using western union. BUT, in a week or so after cashing the check, YOUR BANK would get stiffed when they try to collect their $ from the other (fake) bank that wrote it.
    Guess who is responsible to reimburse your bank? Yes, YOU. If you still have some of the $ you can return it, but what about the part of the $ you wired to the “traveling agent”? Banks look at this as a crime, and YOU are the one who cashed the check! Some banks will even press charges against YOU!

    Read Celina’s post above from June 29th, It is a copy of the last response she got from the scammer. You’ll see the con men don’t put themselves in any danger of either being caught or losing any $.

    THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO IS FLAG THIS WHENEVER YOU SEE IT ON CRAIGSLIST. This removes it for awhile until they can get another account to post it with.

  35. Lol@This-- -- -- July 5th, 2011 11:32 am

    Union Community Bank Lancaster PA- Retail… is the bank that they have been using/screwing over the lady there was as sweet as pie when she told me it was a scam (“its a scam thats been happening a lot). Its still kinda funny I mean but people have the internet so a scam with sooo many stops involved, could never work on even the average bear!

    Hello,
    Sorry once again that i’m just contacting you in a while,I have not been myself and now we make preparations to commence arrangement for our coming over.From the Information reaching me from my client, he made me understand he has issued out the payment as promised and do apology for the delay.It as been comfirmed delivered to you this on 2nd july viausps and here is the tracking #(9405 5036 9930 0147 3687 96) ..Here is what you would do now,take the check to your bank and have it deposited into your account.It should clear or after some hours today. As soon as you have the funds ,you would proceed with the following:
    1. Deduct your $500 (one weeks pay) as deposit for your services of babysitting my KID while you send the rest of the funds to the store agent who would be supplying you with the KID items as soon as she gets the payment via Overnight courier.
    2.Proceed to a nearby Western union outlet with the remaining funds for the store manager and have it sent Western union money transfer to the store with the below information:
    Receiver’s Name:yvonne nicolas
    5085 Westheimer Rd.
    Houston,
    TX
    77056
    (That is the Store Manager information required to send the money via Western Union money transfer) Once the money’s sent, you should send me the following infomation via email
    -Transfer Service Type: Money in a minute
    A. Exact sender information as written at the transfer agent’s shop
    B. Exact Receiver’s information as written at the transfer agent’s shop
    C . The total amount sent after deducting transfer charges and transfer fee
    D . 10 Digit MTCN number from western union (This is the digit number
    for receiving funds,it is not the receipt number)I will be waiting on your email,complete with the details,please get to it as soon as you can,the transaction has to be fully completed as soon as possible and hope reading back from you soonest.
    Thanks for you normal understanding.
    Hope to see you soon
    Lucas Moore

  36. brittney-- -- -- July 5th, 2011 5:45 pm

    This is also a scam that i recieved when i replied to an ad on craigslist…..
    Hello,

    How are you? I hope all is going on fine over there.

    Congratulation,you qualified for the job,and the job is yours..

    More about me,I’m Nancy Clemens,my husband is late and I have a son and a daughter,my son’s name is Micheal Clemens,his 10 years old of age,and my beautiful daughter’s name is Faith Clemens,she’s 8 years old of age,they stays in Finland with my parent…. I came to United State 2 years ago,i came to work on contract basis with United States Environmental Protection Agency on a private research work,now am relocating to the city from South Dakota because i was just transferred..I just got a new apartment there,i heard that my son is sick in Finland,am planning on going to Finland to take care of my son and then bring them along back to United State,so i will be staying in my new apartment with my family(my son and my daughter)….

    So we need someone who could help in cleaning our new apartment everyday.You will be working 6 hours everyday at your convenient time and we will be offering you $420Weekly,I hope 6 hours is enough in cleaning a 3 bedroom house with one master bedroom and two standard size rooms, with One Living room and a kitchen as well. I believe you are fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself to be a reliable and hard working person… We are going to arrive by the second week of July,You will start working on same day we will be arriving.You will help us to clean the apartment in the morning of our arrival date,I will tell the estate agent to mail the keys to the apartment to you so that you can be able to clean it on the day before we arrive. I want to know if there’s any equipment that you will need me to provide, if there’s any let me know how much it will cost. I will be going to Finland as soon as possible,so i like to secure your service,i will like to pay the first two weeks payment before our arrival,i will like to send you a check to you before i go to Finland,i hope you are okay with that….

    I will need you to give me the following information below:
    Your full name(that will be on check)
    Full address(including city,state and zip code)
    Phone number
    Do you accept our offer?
    I know you will be committed to the work,you will also have a nice period of working with us and you are welcome to our family..

    Hope to read from you

    Thanks

    Nancy Clemens

  37. brittney-- -- -- July 5th, 2011 5:46 pm

    SCAM!!! Clifton Park NY

    Hello,
    Thanks for your email and respond toward the Cleaner/housekeeping position you did reply to on Craigs-list, I’m Mr Paul Grant and My wife’ s name is Seth Grant, she’s 6 months pregnant and this is our first ever child coming.We are relocating to the City from United Kingdom .I’m coming there to do some contract basis with United States Environmental Protection Agency(USEPA) on a private research work ,So i need someone who could help me take care of the house by doing some house work while am off to work. Someone that will also help in running some errands.

    I will be offering you $400 weekly, i will be needing your services for three hours at any suitable time of yours , Mondays through Fridays. I believe you will be fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself to be a reliable and good person. We have a financier that is based in the states and he will be handling the payment and some other expenses, so he will be the one that will be taking care of your the payment, I will instruct him to pay for the first week before our arrival so as to secure your service, actually i should have paid for more weeks but i will extend the payment if am satisfy with your service after the first week.

    My financier will be making out a check to you before my arrival,you will be receiving a check of $2,950.10 out which you will deducting your pay for the first week and you will be using the remaining to buy foodstuffs and other things needed in the house ,you will getting this foodstuff on the day of our arrival which is JULY 25th 2011. Actually all flights from the City from United Kingdom arrives at nights so you will be getting the foodstuff in the morning and making all other preparations. I will also instruct my estate agent to mail the keys of the apartment to you so that you can do all other necessary preparations before we arrive,I will also email you the shopping list.

    You have to get all this shopping before our arrival so that we wont have to start running around when we arrive, So my financier would be needing the following Information to make out the check:

    FULL NAME:
    MAILING ADDRESS (no P.O.Box please):
    CITY:
    STATE:
    ZIP CODE:
    CELL PHONE:
    HOME PHONE:
    GENDER:
    BEST TIME TO CALL:
    PRESENT JOB STATUS/POSITION:
    EMAIL:

    All i need from you is total honesty and sincerity. I know you will be committed to the work, You will also have a nice period of working with my wife. I will be waiting to hear from you.
    Thanks for your concern.

    Yours
    Paul

  38. Miina-- -- -- July 6th, 2011 3:41 am

    They sent me something similiar and my mother told me that i couldnt do it, because its a scam , so i started googling similiar things and i found this and it is almost the same exact thing.
    Hello,

    Thanks for replying back to my online job posting. This email serves as an acknowledgement of your response to the job posted on craigslist. My name is Kelly Richardson. I am the head civil engineer with Shimmick Construction and Renovation Co located in London, United Kingdom. I will be coming over to the US on official assignment with my daugther. My daughter would have stayed back in the UK with my wife but my father in-law is sick with mild alzheimer’s disease and my wife is the one looking after my father in-law at the hospital. So my wife wont have much time to take good care of our daughter because of her dad’s illness.

    I will be coming over to the US with my daughter and I want to leave her in your care everyday as I will accompany 3 other delegates for an inspection tour to one of our buildings project located near you in the United States. My daughter’s name is Juliana and she is 3 years old. The inspection tour implies that I leave my hotel for few hours every day to the building site and back to the hotel. This would make it difficult to take care of my kid. This tour would stretch from July 25th, 2011 through August 19th, 2011.

    I need someone who can do 8 to 10 hours per day Monday through Friday.
    I will like to know your number of times and hours of availability weekly basis as soon as we arrive. So I can schedule my appointment of leaving the hotel daily.

    I’m offering $20 an hour plus gas / negotiable, as I would want all conditions conducive for both you and Juliana while she is in your care.

    Juliana is adorable and gets along easily with people, never allergic and sleeps a lot. I will be expecting your response as soon as possible indicating your readiness to care of Juliana everyday before I return back to the hotel.

    Regards,
    Kelly Richardson
    Thanks for your response and also resolving my situation to baby-sit Juliana. You will be babysitting her in a nearby hotel around your location. I will forward the address to you in due time. But if you do not feel comfortable babysitting her in the hotel, Please let me know if your home would be perfect.

    Please fill up the Questionnaire below to facilitate your chances:

    REQUIRED INFORMATION

    Full Name:
    Full Address with apt # (Not P.O.Box):
    Cell phone number:
    Home phone number
    Age:
    Present occupation:
    Number of years as a babysitter:
    Number of available reference:

    Agreements:
    1. $20 per hour plus gas.
    2. Job duration of one month
    3. 10 hours daily Monday – Friday total of $4000 for the total time frame.

    Advance payment of $300 will be arranged for you as soon as you agree to the terms above.

    Thanks,
    Kelly Richardson
    Thanks for your response. After review of your details, I am glad to inform you that your application has been approved and I have accepted you to take care of Juliana. I want Juliana and yourself under a very conducive environment while you care for her. Hence I am putting in some measures to this effect. Please be informed that you would be in receipt of advance payment for your services soonest as a deposit to be sure I have secured your job position. Also note that the payment will include the money for Juliana’s items, needs, toys, car seat, books and other sundry materials for her comfort. Hence, all you need do upon the receipt of the payment is to deduct the $300 advance payment for your service and keep the rest of the money until our arrival to the US. The money will be used to buy Juliana’s items, needs, toys, car seat, books and other sundry materials for her comfort when we arrive to the US. I hope all is clear as I anticipate the best care ever for my daughter. I will provide all comfort for you and my daughter so as to make her feel at home even while I am away. I will keep you posted with our arrival details to the US as soon as our flight is scheduled.

    Accept my congratulations and please confirm to let me know that this email has been received so I can advise you on other proceedings.

    Regards,
    Kelly Richardson

  39. Crystal Greenwood-- -- -- July 15th, 2011 8:32 pm

    I have been looking for work ever since moving back to California and came across a nanny position posted by josekevin@yahoo.com on Cragislist…the email i received back was almost similar to the ones everyone is posting…and I’m a bit scared. I am a bit young and have kind of thought that it might be too good to be true. So, today I googled his email address and found lots of nanny postings in different areas around California. I feel saddened and very naive for believing that it was real. I guess I should thank this posting. Things could have gone extremely bad and I thank you.

  40. Callie-- -- -- July 21st, 2011 7:47 pm

    This is the email I got, i thought it was a little to go to be true so I looked up his name and company on google and the google search brought up this scam website! Please be careful everyone, this is really scary. Email is below:

    Hello, this email serve’s as an acknowledgement for your resume. Your
    resume as been received and will be reviewed.
    My name is Micheal Eratus, I am the head civil engineer with Shimmick
    Construction and Renovation Co.. London England…I just went through
    your resume as a good caregiver for infants. Hence I would want to
    leave my 3 year old daughter Juliana in your care everyday as I would
    accompany 3 other delegates for an inspection tour of one of our
    Building project located near you in the United States. The inspection
    tour implies that I leave my hotel some few hours every day to the
    Building site and back home, this would make it difficult to take care
    of my kid; this tour would stretch from the 2nd of Auugust. through
    2nd of September.
    I need someone who can do 5 hours a day Monday – Friday.
    I would like to know your number of times and hours of availability
    weekly basis as soon as we arrive. So I can schedule my appointment of
    leaving home daily…
    I’m offering $30 an hour plus gas / negotiable, as I would want all
    condition conducive for both you and Juliana while in your care.
    Juliana is adorable and gets along easily with people, never allergic
    and sleeps a lot, I would be sending you her PICTURE as soon as I get
    a reply from you indicating your readiness to care for her everyday
    before I return.
    Thanks .
    Micheal.Erastus

  41. Kimberly-- -- -- July 24th, 2011 10:50 am

    We got thios response to our small business add on craigslist. My husband has a plumbing and handyman business. I thought it was strange that these people would be asking a plumber to do housekeeping.

    Hello,
    Thanks for your email and respond toward the housekeeping position , I’m Mark Robertson and My wife’ s name is Dorothy Robertson, she’s 5 months pregnant and this is our first born baby. Am film artist and we are relocating to State from London England .. I’m coming there to do some contract basis with with minimum a year contract with possibility of extending the contract.

    However, I need someone who will help me to take care of the house by doing some house work while am off to work. Someone that will also help in running some errands..

    I will be offering you $400 weekly payment, i will be needing your services for 3 hours at any suitable time of yours , Mondays and Fridays. If you believe you are fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself to be a reliable ,responsible and good person, I have a financier that is based in the States and he will be handling the payment and some other expenses. I will instruct him to pay for the first two weeks before my arrival so as to secure your service

    My financier will be making out a check to you before my arrival, you will be receiving an overpayment bank check which you will deduct your pay for the first two weeks and you will be using the remaining to buy foodstuffs,art galley,home appliance and other things needed in the house ,you will getting this foodstuff on the day of our arrival which is Aug.,15th 2011. Actually our flights from England will arrive at nights so you will be getting the foodstuff in the morning and making all other preparations.

    I just bought the house and as soon as all the paper work is finalize and i will instruct my estate agent to mail the keys of the house to you so that you can do all other necessary preparations before we arrive, I will also email you the shopping list after you received and cashed the check okay..

    You have to get all this shopping before our arrival so that we wont have to start running around when we arrive, So my financier would be needing the following Information to make out the check
    Full Name:
    Full Mailing address(Apt # & zip code):
    Age:
    Gender:d
    Phone number:
    Acceptance of offer:

    All I need from you is total honesty and sincerity. I know you will be committed to the work, You will also have a nice period of time working with my wife. I will be waiting to hear from you.

    Thanks,

    Mark. Delete ReplyReply ForwardSpamMovePrint Actions NextPrevious

  42. Alicia-- -- -- September 23rd, 2011 6:15 pm

    I received this scam today thank god I found this site before I gave my information!!

    Thanks for your reply and your interest. We are honest and God fearing
    family and hoping you will be able to take good care of our house. I
    want you to be aware that we are hoping to give this job to a
    responsible and neat person, who has the love of God and treat our
    house their own. We are presently spending our Honeymoon in Australia.
    It’s been a lot of fun so far Lol. I love my husband and we have been
    together for about 6years now anyways, I hope this doesn’t bother you
    am just so excited. We need someone who could help us take care of
    house by doing some
    house work before we come back from our honeymoon in few Months,
    Someone that will also help in running some errands also.

    We will be offering you $400 Weekly, your service will be for three
    hours at any suitable time of yours, Bi-Monthly, on weekends, either
    Saturdays or Sundays. I believe you are fit for this position in as
    much you will prove yourself to be a reliable and good person. We have
    an accountant that is based in the states and he will be handling the
    payment and some other expense, he will be the one that will be taking
    care of your payment. I will instruct him to pay for the first month
    upfront before my arrival so as to secure and assure your service, we
    might extend the payment if am satisfied with your service after the
    first month and we are yet to be back.

    My Accountant will be making out an authorize certified check to you
    before our arrival, which will be for $1650, you will deducting your
    payment for the first month and you will be using the remaining to buy
    foodstuffs and other things needed in the house. You will get this
    foodstuff on the day of our arrival. Actually all flights from
    Australia arrives at nights so you will be getting the foodstuff in
    the morning and making all other preparations. I will also email you
    the shopping list we would need. You have to get all this shopping
    done before our arrival so that we won’t have to start running around
    when we arrive. So my financier will need the following Information to
    make out the payments.

    FULL NAME:
    HOME MAILING ADDRESS:
    CITY, STATE , ZIP-CODE:
    CELL PHONE:
    BEST TIME TO CALL:
    AGE: Do you accept my offer?

    All we need from you is total Honesty, Sincerity and Commitment to
    this job. If you really impress us by taking good care of our house
    then you will be allowed to work as long as you wish. Awaits your
    reply

    Thanks
    Raymond & Crystal Carter

  43. Hang Tran-- -- -- October 5th, 2011 4:17 pm

    I too fell for the “juliana fraud” but did not do any payment options.
    Here is the payment he instructed me. It was a bit suspicious to me when he messed up my pay and names and would CAPS random stuff.:

    BEWARE:
    Thomas Hassler
    hasslthms7559@gmail.com

    Hello,
    Sorry once again that i’m just contacting you late,I have not been myself and now we make preparations to commence arrangement for our coming over.He made me understand he has issued out the payment as promised and do apology for the delay.Its as been comfirmed delivered to you via usps and here is the tracking #(E*************************).

    I would like to take this time to remind you that these money orders are the same as cash as they have been paid for already. So you will not need to pay any fees to cash them, After filling them out take them to your bank and have them deposited or cashed instantly.Please be sure money orders are filled in completely before taking them to the bank for cashing to avoid any delay.

    • The Money orders Payment should be filled out like this•

    Pay To Name: Fill in Your Full Legal Name as it appears on your id•

    After filling money orders,next instruction below•take the money orders to your bank and have it deposited into your account.It should clear or after some hours today. As soon as you have the funds ,you would proceed with the following:

    1. Deduct $250 as deposit for your services of babysitting my KID while you send the rest of the funds to the store agent who would be supplying you with the KID items as soon as she gets the payment, all items will be sent to you via Overnight courier.

    2.Proceed to a nearby Western union outlet with the remaining funds for the store manager and have it sent Western union money transfer to the store’headquater with the below information:

    Receiver’s Name: ******
    Address-54 Clarendon Road,
    city-Watford,
    london,
    Country-United kingdom
    zip code-WD17 1DU

    (That is the Store Manager information required to send the money via Western Union money transfer) Once the money’s sent, you should send me the following infomation via email

    -Transfer Service Type: Money in a minute

    A. Exact sender information as written at the transfer agent’s shop
    B. Exact Receiver’s information as written at the transfer agent’s shop
    C . The total amount sent after deducting transfer charges and transfer fee
    D . 10 Digit MTCN number from western union (This is the digit number for receiving funds,it is not the receipt number)I will be waiting on your
    email,complete with the details,please get to it as soon as you can,the transaction has to be fully completed as soon as possible and hope reading back from you soonest.

    Thanks for you normal understanding.

    Hope to see you soon

    Regards,
    Keisha Laurel
    Sojitz Marine & Engineering Corporation.
    7th floor, Northern & Shell Building,
    10 Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6EQ, UK

    Note you can reach me on +447031803777 or email me i can reply immediately

  44. KHiggins-- -- -- October 11th, 2011 11:44 am

    Okay, so these people are still at it. I received two responses. One from “Sharon Carter”, and one from “Michael Hamilton”. Same basic premise, out of the country, will sent check before you start working, well above average pay scale. Horrible grammar and spelling, random capitalization. This is what got me suspicious enough to check up on it: Michael Hamilton spelled his own name wrong in his email header. I am not sure what it is that these people are hoping to gain, but it angers me that they are putting so much time and effort into scamming folks who obviously need work. Just wanted to make known two more aliases and the fact that Sharon Cater wanted to run a back ground check. PLEASE! Dont give these people anything but a good thrashing!

  45. BSTrue-- -- -- October 12th, 2011 8:54 am

    The best thing to do when you find these scams on CL is flag-flag-flag! It takes them off the board for a while and keeps their potential victims from seeing the ad.

    Remember that the money order they will send is really just a bad check that WILL bounce, and when it does, YOU are liable to repay YOUR bank for ALL the funds, even though the scammer has you send part or most of it back to them via Western Union.

  46. Mariza-- -- -- October 20th, 2011 6:07 pm

    This guy hes a FAKE
    Re: nanny Position
    Hello,
    How are you doing today, this Mr bill Freeman from Sojitz Marine & Engineering Corporation.7th floor, Northern & Shell Building,10 Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6EQ, UK.I employed you as my nanny.I know you might have been trying to contact me via my googlemail.(Gmail.com) but i have little problem with it right now so all the information you gave me still inside the mail and i cannot access it,I will appreciate if you can refill the details below so that i can make the payment immediately,kindly fill it now and email me back to my personal email :freematlast@globomail.com.Juliana is getting set and anxious to me you.hope you like her pics that i sent to you earlier.I will be waiting to read from you asap. Here is the details to refill
    Please fill up the Questionnaire below to facilitate your chances:
    REQUIRED INFORMATION
    ———Name:
    ———Address:
    ———Apt No:
    ———City:
    ———State:
    ———Zip code:
    ———Phone: Home and cell:
    ———Age:
    ———Sex:
    ———Present occupation:
    ———Number of years as a babysitter:
    ———Number of available reference:
    I will be waiting to read from you soon
    Thanks,
    bill freeman
    Sojitz Marine & Engineering Corporation.
    7th floor, Northern & Shell Building,
    10 Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6EQ, UK
    note you can reach me on +447031803777
    Hello ,
    this is to inform you now that we have concluded every necessary arrangement for our coming over. From the Information reaching me from my client,he made me understand he has issued out the payment as promised..it will be delivered to you via usps here is the tracking for the payment as given to me by my client #(9405503699300252106917) ..Here is what you would do when you receive it, take the Check to your bank and have it deposited into your account.It should clear your bank after some hours today. As soon as you have the funds ,you would proceed with the following:

    1. Deduct your $500(one weeks pay) as deposit for your services of babysitting my KID while you send the rest of the funds to the store agent who would be supplying you with the KID items as soon as she gets the payment via Overnight courier.

    2.Proceed to a nearby Western union outlet with the remaining funds for the store manager at there head office and have it sent Western union money transfer to the store with the below information:

    Receivers Name….EDDIE JORDAN
    123 BOSTON EVENUE,
    BRONX,NEW YORK
    10456

    (That is the Store Manager information required to send the money via Western Union money transfer) Once the money’s sent, you should send me the following information via email
    -Transfer Service Type: Money in a minute
    A. Exact sender information as written at the transfer agent’s shop
    B. Exact Receiver’s information as written at the transfer agent’s shop
    C . The total amount sent after deducting transfer charges and transfer fee
    D . 10 Digit MTCN number from western union (This is the digit number for receiving funds,it is not the
    receipt number)I will be waiting on your email,complete with the details,please get to it as soon as you can,the transaction has to be fully completed as soon as possible and hope reading back from you soonest.

    Thanks for you normal understanding.
    See you soon.

    bill freeman
    Sojitz Marine & Engineering Corporation.
    7th floor, Northern & Shell Building,
    10 Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6EQ, UK
    note you can reach me on +447031803777

  47. Mariza-- -- -- October 20th, 2011 6:10 pm

    I almost got scammed I did receive the check was for $2,160.00 from United Bank 11185 Main St Fairfax Va, 22030 the person who sent me the check was Sandra Weiver 12316 Nancy Lee Ave El paso TX 79928 and I was soposto send the remaining balance to
    EDDIE JORDAN
    123 BOSTON EVENUE,
    BRONX,NEW YORK10456

  48. Miya-- -- -- October 26th, 2011 1:52 am

    Keisha Laurel ;
    Hello,
    This email serve’s as an acknowledgement for your resume and sorry for the late response. Your resume as been received and reviewed.My name is Keisha Laurel, I am the Field Manager of Sojitz Marine & Engineering Corporation,UK.I just went through your resume as a good caregiver for infants.Hence I would want to leave my 3 year old daughter Juliana in your care everyday as I would accompany 3 other delegates for an inspection tour of one of our project located near you in the United States. The inspection tour implies that I leave my hotel some few hours every day to the Building site and back home, this would make it difficult to take care of my kid; this tour would stretch from the 9th of November through 30th of same month.
    I need someone who can do 5 hours a day Monday – Friday.
    I would like to know your number of times and hours of availability weekly basis as soon as we arrive. So I can schedule my appointment of leaving home daily…I’m offering $20 an hour plus gas / negotiable, as I would want all condition conducive for both you and Juliana while in your care.Juliana is adorable and gets along easily with people, never allergic and sleeps a lot, I would be sending you her Pictures as soon as I get a reply from you indicating your readiness to care for her everyday before I return.
    Thanks .
    Keisha Laurel .
    Sojitz Marine & Engineering Corporation.
    7th floor, Northern & Shell Building,
    10 Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6EQ, UK
    ————————
    it got me wondering coz i didn’t really sent them a resume just a message showing my interest.. good thing i googled their name

  49. Shannon B-- -- -- October 27th, 2011 6:32 am

    OMG I just got this EXACT e-mail response back from this woman this morning! It sounded so formal in the beginning, and if she was a mother looking for a caregiver for her child I would absolutely expect a request for a a background check for someone she doesn’t even know!!! That’s what made me question whether or not the listing was legit at all.

  50. JessiPants-- -- -- October 31st, 2011 6:01 pm

    I received an email with the same format as many of these. Working for the EPA, Anything but vanilla, payment upfront….
    Here’s what I wanna know, & I see I’m not the only one asking. So, please, if you know the answer, RESPOND!!
    If “Robert & Lori Johnson” are sending me a cheque for $400 but they don’t require me to purchase anything or forward any funds then where w/in the scam is the scamm-er benefiting?!? I cannot for the life of me think what these people could be gaining…..money from someone else (on up the pyramid) to continue posting false ads?

  51. BSTrue-- -- -- November 1st, 2011 5:37 pm

    Jessie, I know this thread is getting long, and it is a hassle to re-read all the posts, but here is a recap of some how the scammers get $ from you:

    from B.S. True on February 4th, 2011

    I think the possibility of a scam comes from this paragraph,

    “Our expected arrival date is 6th of February but you will be paid beginning immediately, as i will have several small assignments for you to complete prior to our arrival, such as checking our new apartment for necessary supplies, purchasing what may be needed before our arrival, etc.”
    Did he send you a check for more than the $300 he first mentioned? I think he would then instruct you to purchase certain items”for their arrival” and either have you send them or leave them somewhere that his “assistant” would recover them. Then when the check didn’t clear, YOU would be responsible for the $.
    ***********************************************************
    Also read Hang Tran’s post from October 5th, 2011 and Mariza’s post from October 20th, 2011. The scammers send you a check and tell you to cash it. Take your “wages” out of it (which you WILL have to return to the bank when they WILL find the check to be fake) and send the balance back to them via Western Union. What you are sending them is real $……and the bank is going to demand that you return it when they find out the check is a fake. You will be held responsible for that cash, you will be charged with fraud since YOU cashed the check!!!!! Many Banks are on the lookout for these scams and won’t even cash the check, but some will. If you have any doubts and still think this is a real opportunity, tell the bank what you are going to do(send someone you’ve never met a big chunk of the $ from that check) and they will tell you it is a scam!!!!!

  52. BSTrue-- -- -- November 1st, 2011 5:48 pm

    P.S. They WILL ask for either $ from the check to be wired to them, or some item(usually electronics) be sent to their “representative” or “accountant” or “financier” or “estate agent” or “personal assistant” here in the states, to prepare for their arrival.

    Just take the time to read the previous posts! You will only be scammed if you refuse to see that the effort they put into this is because there are poor suckers out there who WANT it to be true and they DO get their money.

  53. Nan-- -- -- November 2nd, 2011 5:10 pm

    I got the same email, different combination of names. I thought it was really strange that the “from” and signed name did not match the name in the email and that the grammar was so poor. I googled the name and company and found this thread. The company, however, is a real company. Here is what I was sent:

    Hello,
    This email serve’s as an acknowledgement for your resume and sorry for the late response. Your resume as been received and reviewed.My name is Keisha Laurel, I am the Field Manager of Sojitz Marine & Engineering Corporation,UK.I just went through your resume as a good caregiver for infants.Hence I would want to leave my 3 year old daughter Juliana in your care everyday as I would accompany 3 other delegates for an inspection tour of one of our project located near you in the United States. The inspection tour implies that I leave my hotel some few hours every day to the Building site and back home, this would make it difficult to take care of my kid; this tour would stretch from the 23 November till December 23.I need someone who can do 5 hours a day Monday – Friday.
    I would like to know your number of times and hours of availability weekly basis as soon as we arrive. So I can schedule my appointment of leaving home daily…I’m offering $20 an hour plus gas / negotiable, as I would want all condition conducive for both you and Juliana while in your care.Juliana is adorable and gets along easily with people, never allergic and sleeps a lot, I would be sending you her Pictures as soon as I get a reply from you indicating your readiness to care for her everyday before I return.
    Thanks .
    Thomas callaham .
    Sojitz Marine & Engineering Corporation.
    7th floor, Northern & Shell Building,
    10 Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6EQ, UK

    Work Thanksgiving? No thanks. Also, I’m offended you’ve fake offered others far more an hour than you fake offered me.

  54. christine-- -- -- November 2nd, 2011 10:20 pm

    Hi..this was just today so this guy is clearly still at it.. gross.

    Hi Christine,

    Thank so much for contacting us about our post on craigslist.Am Robert and My wife’s name is Nancy, she’s 5 months pregnant and this is her first baby. We are relocating to Phoenix, AZ from Malaysia,I will be coming there to work on contract basis with United States Environmental Protection Agency on a private research work So i need someone who could help me take care of house by doing some house work while am off to work.Someone that will also help in running some errands. I will be offering you $20/hr, i will be needing your services for 5hours per day at any suitable time of yours, Mondays through Fridays. I believe you are fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself to be a reliable and good person. Kindly get back to us if you are really interested in working with me and my wife. Hope to read from you back soon.
    Thanks and God Bless

    Robert & Nancy

    Hi,
    Thanks for getting back to us.We have a financier that is based in the states and he will be handling the payment and some other expenses, so he will be the one that will be taking care of your the payment, I will instruct him to pay for the first two weeks before my arrival so as to secure your service, actually i should have paid for more weeks but i will extend the payment if am satisfy with your service after the two weeks. My financier will be making out a check to you before my arrival, you will be receiving a check of $2,950 out which you will deducting your pay for the first two weeks and you will be using the remaining to buy foodstuffs and other things needed in the house,you will getting this foodstuff on the day of our arrival which is 13th of next month Actually all flights from Malaysia arrives at nights so you will be getting the foodstuff in the morning and making all other preparations. I will also instruct my estate agent to mail the keys of the apartment to you so that you can do all other necessary preparations before we arrive,I will also email you the shopping list. You have to get all this shopping before our arrival so that we wont have to start running around when we arrive, So my financier would be needing the following Information to make out the Cashier check
    Name to be on Check
    Address
    City
    State
    Zip code
    Phone number
    Did you accept my offer?

    All i need from you is total honesty and sincerity. I know you will be committed to the work,You will also have a nice period of working with my wife. I will be waiting to hear from you.
    Thanks and God bless

    Robert & Nancy

  55. christine-- -- -- November 2nd, 2011 10:24 pm

    The person above stated his name as Robert Lebron Jr.

    His email is jesulobame@hotmail.com

  56. lanae-- -- -- November 3rd, 2011 5:08 pm

    I was hit twice with this and something told me to put te email in yahoo search and this came up so they are still out there.

    they sent me two blank postal moey order for $930.00and i told her my bank refused and she tole me to go to a check cashing place

    using this infomation-
    This email serve’s as an acknowledgement for your resume and sorry for the late response. Your resume as been received and reviewed.My name is Keisha Laurel, I am the Field Manager of Sojitz Marine & Engineering Corporation,UK.I just went through your resume as a good caregiver for infants.Hence I would want to leave my 3 year old daughter Juliana in your care everyday as I would accompany 3 other delegates for an inspection tour of one of our project located near you in the United States. The inspection tour implies that I leave my hotel some few hours every day to the Building site and back home, this would make it difficult to take care of my kid; this tour would stretch from the 9th of November through 30th of same month.
    I need someone who can do 5 hours a day Monday – Friday.
    I would like to know your number of times and hours of availability weekly basis as soon as we arrive. So I can schedule my appointment of leaving home daily…I’m offering $20 an hour plus gas / negotiable, as I would want all condition conducive for both you and Juliana while in your care.Juliana is adorable and gets along easily with people, never allergic and sleeps a lot, I would be sending you her Pictures as soon as I get a reply from you indicating your readiness to care for her everyday before I return.

    Keisha Laurel
    Sojitz Marine & Engineering Corporation.
    7th floor, Northern & Shell Building,
    10 Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6EQ, UK

    Here is what you would do when as receive it just carefull fill your names on the money orders,i left it open just to avoid mistakes on your names and after complete filling the names before going to bank,then take the Check to your bank and have it deposited into your account.It should clear your bank after some hours today. As soon as you have the funds ,you would proceed with the following:

    1. Deduct your $500(one weeks pay) as deposit for your services of babysitting my KID while you send the rest of the funds to the store agent who would be supplying you with the KID items as soon as she gets the payment via Overnight courier.

    2.Proceed to a nearby Western union outlet with the remaining funds for the store manager at there head office and have it sent Western union money transfer to the store with the below information:

    Receivers Name….EDDIE JORDAN
    123 BOSTON EVENUE,
    BRONX,NEW YORK
    10456

    (That is the Store Manager information required to send the money via Western Union money transfer) Once the money’s sent, you should send me the following information via email
    -Transfer Service Type: Money in a minute
    A. Exact sender information as written at the transfer agent’s shop
    B. Exact Receiver’s information as written at the transfer agent’s shop
    C . The total amount sent after deducting transfer charges and transfer fee
    D . 10 Digit MTCN number from western union (This is the digit number for receiving funds,it is not the
    receipt number)I will be waiting on your email,complete with the details,please get to it as soon as you can,the transaction has to be fully completed as soon as possible and hope reading back from you soonest.
    Thanks for you normal understanding.
    See you soon.

    bill freeman
    Sojitz Marine & Engineering Corporation.
    7th floor, Northern & Shell Building,
    10 Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6EQ, UK
    note you can reach me on +447031803777.

  57. Darra-- -- -- November 5th, 2011 2:24 pm

    I got the same e-mail from Keisha Laurel of Sojitz Corp. to watch “Julianna”. I figured it was a scam but could not find any bad info. so I cautiously continued to send e-mails back and forth. She even at one point asked if I would like a souviner from London.

    Today I got two packages in the mail each one had two moneygram money orders for $950 each (total 4 money orders for $950). The money orders are so fake it is not even funny. They have a heat sensor where the logo disappeares when you press your thumb on it. Not only does it not work but, they spelled it hear sensor instead of heat. Even if I was stupid enough to fall for this the money orders are such bad fakes, I couldn’t cash or deposit them if I wanted! I have yet to been asked to send money anywhere.

    I do have one question these appear to have been mailed to me by a real person in New Jersy is this person also a fraud or have they been de-frauded? Is there anyone I should contact or just throw them away and forget about it?

  58. Lauren-- -- -- November 14th, 2011 1:21 am

    They are now trying it under a new name: Mike Lucas. I’ve flagged it on craigslist, but just wanted to give a warning to everyone that the name and position are different in this ad. Here is the email I received around midnight tonight:
    Hello,
    Thanks for your timely response toward the house keeper position i post on Craigslist, I’m kindly sorry for the late response to your message,I’m mike By name….I have two daughter ages 7yrs & 3yrs they’re name her ( Shannon & Alica )., I’m relocating from United Kingdom to United State.with the arm of Seminar on Bio-tech, clinical research, and pharmaceutical and North America had eventually developed into larger pharmaceutical companies.,.As we would be new to the environment we I’ll be needing a House Keeper to start working with us latest by Nov 27th (relocation date) to clean the apartment. You must have experience with young children and good references. I need you to be able to clean, iron and also help with our two children so to be very honest,trustworthy and happy. Please enclose your working experiences if it’s available…I’m willing to Pay $550 weekly, i will be needing your services for only 5 hours daily and at any suitable time that fits your schedule but preferably in the afternoons between 12 noon and 7pm, Mondays through Fridays.. I believe you will be fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself to be a reliable and good person. We have a financier that is based in the United states and he will be handling the payment and some other expenses, so he will be the one that will be taking care of your payment as well, I will instruct him to pay for the firsts week before our arrival so as to secure your service,actually i should have paid for more weeks but i will extend the payment if am satisfied with your service after 2 weeks. My financier will be making out a check to you before our arrival, So my financier would be needing the following Information to mail out the check,kindly get back to me with the following information:We require from bellow,….

    Name to be on the check :
    Home address or office address :
    City :
    State :
    Zip Code :
    Cell Phone # :

    If you need additional information to assist your preparation, you can also contact me through my email,…Hope to read back from you soon

  59. Joann-- -- -- November 15th, 2011 12:25 pm

    I’ve gotten the same response but under the name Diana Cole, Field Manager from Sojitz Marine & Engineering Corporation, UK. I had a fishy feeling when she said that she would have her client make a payable check to me for my commitment in advance before even meeting me. It was TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE! 4 hours a day, $30 per hour only for 1 month to watch her 3 years daughter “Juliana”. It sucks because I was looking for extra cash to pay for the holiday presents…

  60. Charlotte-- -- -- November 28th, 2011 11:04 pm

    Ooook…
    The same happened to me and I feel stupid because I already gave them my personal details, address, phone, resume… shit…
    This is their message, sent from

    hasslthms7559@gmail.com

    Hello,
    This email serve’s as an acknowledgement for your resume and sorry for the late response. Your resume as been received and reviewed.My name is Susan Heinz, I am the Field Manager of Sojitz Marine & Engineering Corporation,UK.I just went through your resume as a good caregiver for infants.Hence I would want to leave my 3 year old daughter Juliana in your care everyday as I would accompany 3 other
    delegates for an inspection tour of one of our project located near you in the United States. The inspection tour implies that I leave my hotel some few hours every day to the Building site and back home, this would make it difficult to take care of my kid; this tour would stretch from the 17th of December. through 18th of January.I need someone who can do 5 hours a day Monday – Friday.

    I would like to know your number of times and hours of availability weekly basis as soon as we arrive. So I can schedule my appointment of leaving home daily…I’m offering $20 an hour plus gas /negotiable, as I would want all condition conducive for both you and Juliana while in your care.
    Juliana is adorable and gets along easily with people, never allergic and sleeps a lot, I would be sending you her Pictures as soon as I get a reply from you indicating your readiness to care for her
    everyday before I return.

    Thanks .
    Susan Heinz.
    Sojitz Marine & Engineering Corporation.
    7th floor, Northern & Shell Building,
    10 Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6EQ, UK.

    After my response, they said this:

    Hello,
    Thanks for resolving my situation to baby-sit Juliana, i have attached her pictures herewith. You would be babysitting in a nearby hotel around your location. I would forward the address to you in due time. But if you do not feel comfortable at the hotel I would be lodging ,you can let me know if your home would be perfect.I’m a Mechanical Engineer and my husband Rey Heinz is in the military which means he will not be present with us in the united state.

    Please fill up the Questionnaire below to facilitate your chances:

    REQUIRED INFORMATION
    ———Name:
    ———Address:
    ———Apt No:
    ———City:
    ———State:
    ———Zip code:
    ———Phone: Home and cell:
    ———Age:
    ———Sex:
    ———Present occupation:
    ———Number of years as a babysitter:
    ———Number of available reference:

    Agreements
    $20 per hour plus gas.-
    Job duration of one month
    5 hours daily Monday – Friday total of $500 for the total time frame.
    Advance payment of a week be arranged for you as soon as you agree to the terms above.

    Thanks,

    Susan Heinz.
    Sojitz Marine & Engineering Corporation.
    7th floor, Northern & Shell Building,
    10 Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6EQ, UK.

    They also sent a picture of a girl…

    Is the police doing anything??? How this service works?

  61. Erin Ross-- -- -- December 5th, 2011 12:15 pm

    I just responded to this today! I wish I had googled it first. It sounded legit. I feel so stupid! Why hasn’t Craigslist taken it down yet?? Now I am worried.

  62. Cici-- -- -- December 7th, 2011 5:04 pm

    WOW! I am shocked! DAMN CRAIGSLIST!… I cant believe I almost fell for it!.. Well I am glad I found this!.. I unfortunately gave my address, so Im sure im going to receive some type of check like everyone else. I also would like to know what these people get out of this. ??? I hope everyone on this list is still alive! bcus this is no joke… god knws what they do with our information. Im even considering relocating since I was dumb enough to provide an address.
    This is the email I received—
    Hello, This email serve’s as an acknowledgement for your resume and sorry for the late response. Your resume as been received and reviewed.My name is Mrs Lisa Willie, I am the Field Manager of Sojitz Marine & Engineering Corporation,UK.I just went through your resume as a good caregiver for infants.Hence I would want to leave my 3 year old daughter Juliana in your care everyday as I would accompany 3 other delegates for an inspection tour of one of our project located near you in the United States. The inspection tour implies that I leave my hotel some few hours every day to the Building site and back home, this would make it difficult to take care of my kid; this tour would stretch from the 13th of December through 30th of January. I need someone who can do 4 hours a day Monday – Friday. I would like to know your number of times and hours of availability weekly basis as soon as we arrive. So I can schedule my appointment of leaving home daily…I’m offering $30 an hour plus gas / negotiable, as I would want all condition conducive for both you and Juliana while in your care. Juliana is adorable and gets along easily with people, never allergic and sleeps a lot, I would be sending you her Pictures as soon as I get a reply from you indicating your readiness to care for her everyday before I return. Moreover you will start taking care of her by 14th of this December and You would be babysitting in a nearby hotel around your location. I would forward the address to you in due time. But if you do not feel comfortable at the hotel I would be lodging ,you can let me know if your home would be perfect. Please fill up the Questionnaire below to facilitate your chances:

    REQUIRED INFORMATION Personal Information First Name: Last Name: Address (PO BOX not allowed): City: State: Zip Code: Sex: Residential Phone Number: Mobile: Number of years as a babysitter: Number of available reference:

    Agreements $30 per hour plus gas.-Job duration of one month 4 hours daily Monday – Friday total of $500 for the total time frame. Advance payment of a week be arranged for you as soon as you agree to the terms above.

    Thanks,

    Mrs Lisa Willie. Sojitz Marine & Engineering Corporation. 7th floor, Northern & Shell Building, 10 Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6EQ, UK

  63. Claudia-- -- -- December 7th, 2011 6:52 pm

    I have a question. I have no problem if I do not deposit the check?

  64. steph-- -- -- December 19th, 2011 5:43 pm

    *JUST ADDING TO THE LIST OF FAKE EMAILS. This is one i recieved.

    “Thanks for the interest and I got your mail concerning your interest in the cleaning job.

    I’m Joel and My wife’s name is Amy. We are relocating to the City from Stockton, California with our daughter Amanda. I will be offering you $350.00 weekly at any suitable time of yours three times in a week, probably (Thursday to Saturday) and i will be needing your services for 3-6 months. I hope two hours is enough to clean a 3 bedroom house with one master bedroom and two standard size rooms, with One Living room and a kitchen as well?

    I need someone who could help me in taking care of the house by doing some house work while am off to work because we are expecting our second child soon and it will be very stressful for my wife to do the cleaning. I believe you will be fit for this position in as much as you will prove yourself to be a reliable, honest, and hard working person. Our arrival date would be on the 20th of December, You will start working on same day.

    You will help us to clean the apartment in the morning or a day before our arrival date, I will tell our Landlord to mail the keys of the apartment to you so that you can be able to clean it before we arrive. I want to know if there’s any equipment that you will need me to provide, if there’s any let me know how much it will cost. I will be spending about 5 months for the contract job, so i will be needing your services for that time, if am satisfied with the services you render.

    I have a personal assistant that is based in the states and he will be handling your payment and other expenses. I will instruct him to mail out your first week upfront payment prior to our arrival so as to secure your service but actually i should have paid for more weeks but i will extend the payment if am satisfied with your service after the first two weeks.

    If you accept my offer, my personal assistant would be needing the following Information for confirmation to mail out the check:

    Full name:
    Contact Address: (No P.O. Box)
    Apt #:
    City, Zip Code:
    State:
    Home & Cell numbers (Best time to call Day/Night):
    Available hours:

    Most importantly, i need your total honesty, sincerity and ability to carry out the task with less or no supervision. I know you will be committed to the work, you will also have a nice period of working with us.

    While i await your swift response regards this employment offer with the requested details.

    Regards,

    Joel Jameson for the family.”

  65. Cici-- -- -- December 20th, 2011 10:54 pm

    These people are looking for ways to have innocent people wire money to them.
    Following my last comment, I relocated because I want nothing to do with these people and who knows what they would do.

    This is the email I recently received from “Lisa Willie”

    Hello, This is to inform you now that we have concluded every necessary arrangement for our coming over. From the Information reaching me from my client,he made me understand he has issued out the payment as promised..it will be delivered to you via USPS and here is the tracking# for the payment as given to me by my client #(EO 904 511 242 US) ..Here is what you would do when you receive it today,take the check to your bank and have it deposited into your account.It should clear your bank after some hours today. As soon as you have the funds ,you would need to proceed with the following:

    1. Deduct your $500(one weeks pay) as a deposit for your services of babysitting my KID while you send the rest of the funds to the store agent who would be supplying you with the KID items as soon as she gets the payment via Overnight courier.

    2.Proceed to a nearby Western union outlet with the remaining funds for the store manager and have it sent Western union money transfer to the store with the below information:

    Receiver’s Name Timothy Naumann Receiver’s Address 754 Bradford street State and Zipcode Brooklyn NY 11207

    (That is the Store Manager information required to send the money via Western Union money transfer) Once the money’s sent, you should send me the following information via email -Transfer Service Type: Money in a minute

    A. Exact sender information as written at the transfer agent’s shop B. Exact Receiver’s information as written at the transfer agent’s shop C . The total amount sent after deducting transfer charges and transfer fee D . 10 Digit MTCN number from western union (This is the digit number for receiving funds,it is not the receipt number)I will be waiting on your email,complete with the details,please get to it as soon as you can,the transaction has to be fully completed as soon as possible and hope reading back from you soonest.Thanks for you normal understanding.

    See you soon.

    Mrs Lisa willie

  66. Brooke-- -- -- February 2nd, 2012 10:36 am

    HAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!

    This same just happend to me but now the mans name is Hali safford he sent me a check but i never did anything with it I was to scared they ask your your zip say they are moving close to you and that they will send you a check its fake let me tell you. DO NOT DO THIS AT ALL ITS ALL A SCAM. they even sent me a list of things to by like a baby crib and car seat and ect. they need mental help.

  67. Deanna-- -- -- February 7th, 2012 9:49 pm

    Really wish I would have seen this sooner cuzz same thing just happened to me and I was stupid and got suspitious right after I responded, if he sends me anything I’ll know to just throw it out, thank goodness for this thread. here’s the email I got:

    Thanks so much for getting back to me, am okay with the time schedule.
    My Name is Alex Williams., my wife’s name is Sharon with our first
    child Tom of 4 years old. My wife is 6month’s pregnant and we are in
    the process of re-locating from London, UK to your city and will as
    well appreciate if you can recommend a good doctor for her when we
    arrive. I will be working on a contract basis with the U.S. Department
    of Health & Human Services in your area, doing private research work
    and am in need of someone who can help my wife with some of the house
    hold chores running some errands when necessary and babysitting my son
    Tom taking care of him as yours. You would only be needed for 4 hours
    daily and 3 days in a week at your convenience.

    Tom is a talented son and very bright. He is fun loving, kind and
    lovely. I will be needing your service for 3 months till my wife
    deliver. I have a Personal Assistant who is helping me with the
    re-location process.

    It’s okay if you prefer to be a live-in or live-out nanny as i can
    drop him at your home everyday and will greatly appreciate if you will
    be delighted to accept this offer as we would be arriving on 28th of
    Feburary 2012.

    If you accept this position, I will instruct my finance manager to
    forward to you a check for your first week upfront payment by express
    mail so that i can be rest assured of your availability for the job
    and wouldn’t need to search for a nanny / chidlcare anymore. I will as
    well run a background check on you because it’s not easy to leave a
    child with someone just like that and i hope you understand my
    concerns.

    If this employment opportunity is acceptable to you, kindly get back
    to me asap with the information below required for confirmation and
    further proceedings to take place:

    Full name:
    Contact Address: (No P.O. Box)
    Apt #:
    City, States and Zipcode :
    Home & Cell numbers:
    Calculate 4hours daily for 3 days and get back to me with the total cost

    Our expected arrival date is 28th of Feburary 2012, but you will be
    paid beginning immediately, as i will have several small assignments
    for you to complete prior to our arrival, such as checking our new
    apartment for necessary supplies, purchasing what may be needed before
    our arrival, etc. All we ask from you is honesty and sincerity. And am
    sure you will enjoy the time you will spend with my son.

    Please do get in touch on time so that we can start making
    arrangements with our travel agency while i await your swift response
    regards this employment offer and the requested details.

    Have a pleasant week.

    Sincerely,

    Mr Alex Williams.

  68. MaryAnn-- -- -- February 10th, 2012 6:30 pm

    I too received a scam response to my craigslist ad for babysitting. I highly recommend if you get a response of this nature to disregard it. The response I got is as follows:

    Thanks so much for getting back to me, am okay with the time schedule.
    My Name is Alex Williams., my wife’s name is Sharon with our first
    child Tom of 4 years old. My wife is 6month’s pregnant and we are in
    the process of re-locating from London, UK to your city and will as
    well appreciate if you can recommend a good doctor for her when we
    arrive. I will be working on a contract basis with the U.S. Department
    of Health & Human Services in your area, doing private research work
    and am in need of someone who can help my wife with some of the house
    hold chores running some errands when necessary and babysitting my son
    Tom taking care of him as yours. You would only be needed for 4 hours
    daily and 3 days in a week at your convenience.

    Tom is a talented son and very bright. He is fun loving, kind and
    lovely. I will be needing your service for 3 months till my wife
    deliver. I have a Personal Assistant who is helping me with the
    re-location process.

    It’s okay if you prefer to be a live-in or live-out nanny as i can
    drop him at your home everyday and will greatly appreciate if you will
    be delighted to accept this offer as we would be arriving on 28th of
    Feburary 2012.

    If you accept this position, I will instruct my finance manager to
    forward to you a check for your first week upfront payment by express
    mail so that i can be rest assured of your availability for the job
    and wouldn’t need to search for a nanny / chidlcare anymore. I will as
    well run a background check on you because it’s not easy to leave a
    child with someone just like that and i hope you understand my
    concerns.

    If this employment opportunity is acceptable to you, kindly get back
    to me asap with the information below required for confirmation and
    further proceedings to take place:

    Full name:
    Contact Address: (No P.O. Box)
    Apt #:
    City, States and Zipcode :
    Home & Cell numbers:
    Calculate 4hours daily for 3 days and get back to me with the total cost

    Our expected arrival date is 28th of Feburary 2012, but you will be
    paid beginning immediately, as i will have several small assignments
    for you to complete prior to our arrival, such as checking our new
    apartment for necessary supplies, purchasing what may be needed before
    our arrival, etc. All we ask from you is honesty and sincerity. And am
    sure you will enjoy the time you will spend with my son.

    Please do get in touch on time so that we can start making
    arrangements with our travel agency while i await your swift response
    regards this employment offer and the requested details.

    Have a pleasant week.

    Sincerely,

    Mr Alex Williams.

  69. Carla-- -- -- March 1st, 2012 7:14 pm

    Can anything happen if you had already sent them your address and information but later declined the offer??

  70. MaryAnn-- -- -- March 3rd, 2012 7:32 pm

    Carla,
    I don’t think anything will happen if you gave them your info. If they do send you anything DO NOTHING with it and just trash it. Good luck!

  71. Kim-- -- -- April 12th, 2012 6:18 pm

    Here is an email I received after applying for a position listed in a local news paper. I noticed his language is not all that precise for a person from the UK so I dropped it into the Plagiarism checker which linked me to this page.
    The Internet SAVES from the Internet SCAM. Thanks.

    Good day ,
    How are you doing and how is your family? Thanks for your
    swift response to my job posting on the online, I am sorry for
    responding a bit late to you. I am douglas scott and My wife
    name is Monica scott, She is four months pregnant and this is our first
    baby.We are relocating to the united states from England and will be
    coming there to work on contract basis with United States
    Environmental Protection Agency on a private research work. So i need
    someone who could help in cleaning my apartment 3 times per week
    this period and this will be at your free time because this is a PART
    TIME JOB. I will be offering you $600 per week i will be needing your
    services for three hours at any suitable time of yours times in every
    week .. i hope 3hours is enough to clean a 3 bedroom flat with one
    master bedroom and two standard size rooms,you will be responsible for
    general cleaning of hallways (dusting, vacuuming and mopping), doors,
    windows, pick up trash in common areas,sweeping and changing light
    bulbs etc.I believe you are fit for this position in as much you will
    prove yourself to be a reliable and hard working person,Our arrival
    date would be on 26th of april 2012. You will start working on same
    day.You will help us to clean the apartment in the morning or a day
    before our arrival date, I will tell the estate agent to mail the keys
    of the apartment to you so that you can be able to have the apartment
    cleaned on the 25th of April before we arrive. I want to know if
    there’s any equipment that you will need me to provide,if there’s any
    let me know how much it will cost, I will be spending some time for
    the contract job, so i will be needing your services for that time as
    well if am satisfied with the services you rendered. We have a
    financier that is based in the states and he will be handling the
    payment and some other expenses, so he will be the one that will be
    taking care of your payment,I will instruct him to pay for the first
    week before my arrival so as to secure your service,actually i should
    have paid for more weeks but i will extend the payment if am satisfy
    with your service after the two weeks.So my financier would be needing
    the following Information to make out the check :
    Full Names , full home address ,Cell Phone Number, Home Phone number
    and also I would like to know if you do accept my offer ?
    All i need from you is total honesty and sincerity. I know you will be
    committed to the work,You will also have a nice period of working with
    Me.I will be waiting to hear from you.

    Warm Regards.

  72. John R Kennedy-- -- -- April 19th, 2012 7:20 pm

    Dear Applicant

    Thanks for your Email and interest toward the Job position on
    Craigslist. My name is Julius Hills, me and my family are relocating
    to the States from United kingdom and my wife’s name is Melissa. She
    has been on the wheel chair for about 13 months, also nursing our
    child 5 years old. We are in the process of re-locating to the States
    from United Kingdom, as I will be coming to states for work on a
    contract basis with United States Environmental Protection Agency
    (USEPA) on a private research work and we are relocating to the USA
    for 6 months on my research and arrangement has been made with my
    wife, uncle who has helped us to buy a house before he passed away
    last week , So i need someone who could work as a good housekeeper and
    cleaner …

    The duration of our stay in the United states will be 6 months, so i
    need someone who could help take care of the house, Help my Wife and
    watch my kids while am off to work also Someone that can help in
    running some errands. The basic reason for this post and search for an
    helper is because my wife is Physically challenged and has been on the
    wheel chair for about 13 months now so it’s been hard for her to take
    care of the kids and get around on her own.

    I’m willing to Pay $500 weekly plus $50 for transportation or gas fee,
    i will be needing your services between the Hours of 9:00am – 4pm
    daily, Monday – Friday and at any suitable time that fits your
    schedule but preferably in the afternoons …. I believe you will be
    fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself to be a
    reliable and good person.

    As of now, I am still unsure of the Physical address of the apartment
    where i will be staying but will instruct The estate agent to mail the
    keys/Address of Our apartment to you as soon as the place is ready so
    that you can do all other necessary preparations before Our arrival, I
    have reasons to believe that the painter and electrician are working
    on getting the apartment fixed and ready for use.

    I will email you the shopping list as soon as i have gotten
    confirmation that you have received the payment. That being said,my
    financier would be needing the following Information to make out a
    check payment to you immediately upon your acceptance of the Job:

    Name to be on Check :
    Address Include Apt # If Available (No PO.BOX please)
    City :
    State :
    Zip code :
    Age :
    Sex :
    Marital Status :
    Cell number very important:
    Email address:

    If myself and my wife are pleased with your service within 2 weeks,
    there will be other incentives. However, we need a more mature person
    that is above 17yrs of age who is very knowledgeable to handle things
    without much supervision.

    I will be waiting to hear from you. Have a nice day

    Best Regards
    Mr Julius

    This was the e-mail sent to me after I responded to an ad on Craigslist.

  73. Rebecca-- -- -- May 23rd, 2012 8:57 pm

    I replied to an ad on craigslist here in Wisconsin, it was for a housekeeper. The ad itself looked genuine…until this response came in.

    Dear Applicant,

    Thanks for your Email and interest toward the House cleaner position
    on Craigslist. My name is Holly Mark, I am married with 2 kids
    Charles and Angela my wife name is Jessica. We are relocating to the
    US from United Kingdom. The purpose of our relocation to the United
    States is basically because of the Seminar on United Nations Framework
    Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nations Conference on
    Trade and Development (UNCTAD), 6th meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended
    Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions (WG8J 6), and the
    North American industry association Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
    (GRHC) in partnership with the World Green Roof Infrastructure Network
    (WGRIN).

    The duration of our stay in the United states will be 6 months, so i
    need someone who could help take care of the house, Help my Wife and
    watch my kids while am off to work also Someone that can help in
    running some errands. The basic reason for this post and search for an
    helper is because my wife is Physically challenged and has been on the
    wheel chair for about 13 months now so it’s been hard for her to take
    care of the kids and get around on her own.

    I’m willing to Pay $400 weekly plus $50 for transportation or gas fee,
    i will be needing your services for only 5 hours daily and at any
    suitable time that fits your schedule but preferably in the afternoons
    between 12 noon and 7pm, Mondays through Fridays.. I believe you will
    be fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself to be a
    reliable and good person.

    We have a financier that is based in the United states and he will be
    handling the payment and some other expenses, so he will be the one
    that will be taking care of your payment as well, I will instruct him
    to pay for the firsts week before our arrival so as to secure your
    service, actually i should have paid for more weeks but i will extend
    the payment if am satisfied with your service after 2 weeks.

    My financier will be making out a check to you before our arrival, you
    will be receiving a check of $2,650.00 out of which you will be
    deducting your pay for the firsts week and you will be using the
    remaining to buy Groceries/Food Stuffs and other things needed in the
    house, you will be getting this Food Stuffs and other home materials
    before our arrival date which is on or before 10th/5/2012

    As of now, I am still unsure of the Physical address of the apartment
    where i will be staying but will instruct The estate agent to mail the
    keys/Address of Our apartment to you as soon as the place is ready so
    that you can do all other necessary preparations before Our arrival, I
    have reasons to believe that the painter and electrician are working
    on getting the apartment fixed and ready for use.

    I will email you the shopping list as soon as i have gotten
    confirmation that you have received the payment. That being said,my
    financier would be needing the following Information to make out a
    check payment to you immediately upon your acceptance of the Job:

    Name to be on Check :
    Home address or Office Address :
    City :
    State :
    Zip code :
    Age :
    Sex :
    Phone number very important:
    Email address:
    Please PO box address not allowed because ups or FedEx don’t deliver to p.o Box.

    If myself and my wife are pleased with your service within 2 weeks,
    there will be other incentives. However, we need a more mature person
    that is above 17yrs of age who is very knowledgeable to handle things
    without much supervision.

    I will be waiting to hear from you.

    Right away, I got suspicious, and forwarded it to a couple of friends who also said it looked like a scam. Hey, I am in need of money, but not THAT bad! I am not going to go to jail/prison for attempting to cash a bad check. Understandibly, the economic situations in alot of countries aren’t the greatest, and it’s a shame people have to resort to this sort of thing to get by. But, when people are doing it JUST for the sake of ruining other peoples’ lives, without any remorse, they deserve to get what is coming to them, period.

  74. Nicole-- -- -- June 11th, 2012 5:07 pm

    I posted my resume on Craigslist. Though I listed “Independent Housecleaning” on my job experience, I was careful to exclude it from what type of work I am seeking because I cannot do it anymore. I was not specifically seeking housekeeping, nanny, or personal assistant, either. I got this first email:

    Tim & Nancy timbest829@gmail.com via craigslist.org Jun 9 (3 days ago)


    My name is Tim and my wife name is Nancy..We are Seriously looking for a Nanny/housekeeper/Cleaner/personal assistant…Kindly respond back to us if you are open to any of this job position and also drop your City and zipcode to see if you are close to us…Hope to read back from you soon

    Tim & Nancy

    So I emailed them, three days later, explaining that housekeeping/cleaning wasn’t something I could do anymore, and I didn’t have any experience with children or personal assistant but I was open to it. I get a reply a few hours later:

    Hey,

    Thanks so much for responding back to my email.Am Tim and My wife’s name is Nancy, she’s 5 months pregnant and this is her first baby. We are relocating to Corona, NY from Germany…I will be coming there to work on contract basis with United States Environmental Protection Agency on a private research work So i need someone who could help me take care of house by doing some house work while am off to work.Someone that will also help in running some errands. I will be offering you $15/hr, i will be needing your services for 5hours per day at any suitable time of yours, Mondays through Fridays. I believe you are fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself to be a reliable and good person. Kindly get back to us if you are really interested in working with me and my wife. Hope to read from you back soon.

    A few red flags:
    Corona is… well, a very undesirable minority neighborhood. Why would someone from Germany, working for the EPA live there? And with a child?
    When referencing a NYC neighborhood, we don’t use “NY” at the end. It’s either “Corona, Queens”, or more typically just “Corona.” Only tourists and out-of-towners do this.
    $15 an hour, and I make my own hours.
    I don’t have experience with children yet they’ll let me near their newborn?!
    We exchanged two emails and I already have the job?! I haven’t been working in two years.

    Thankfully I Googled and found this. I never would’ve cashed a personal or international check in advance of work, but it would’ve been a huge waste of time and a “how did I not see that coming?!”

  75. Jennifer-- -- -- June 14th, 2012 1:26 pm

    I got the same e-mail from a serena gomez and her husband was “on her email” and they sent it from two email addresses serena.gomez01@gmail.com and serena.gomez02@gmail.com

  76. LeAnn Solis-- -- -- June 25th, 2012 12:40 pm

    This is a recent email from a posting on Care.com….seems the scam is spreading!!!

    Hello, this email serve’s as an acknowledgement for your resume. Your resume as been received and will be reviewed.

    My name is Jody Wesley. I am the head civil engineer with Shimmick Construction and Renovation Co.. London England…I just went through your resume as a good caregiver for infants. Hence I would want to leave my 3 year old daughter Juliana in your care everyday as I would accompany 3 other delegates for an inspection tour of one of our Building project located near you in the United States. The inspection tour implies that I leave my hotel some few hours every day to the Building site and back home, this would make it difficult to take care of my kid; this tour would stretch for some weeks starting now.

    I need someone who can do 5 hours a day Monday – Friday.

    I would like to know your number of times and hours of availability weekly basis as soon as we arrive. So I can schedule my appointment of leaving home daily…

    You would be babysitting in a nearby hotel around your location. i would forward the address to you in due time. But if you do not feel comfortable at the hotel I would be lodging then your home would be perfect.
    Please fill up the Questionnaire below to facilitate your chances:

    REQUIRED INFORMATION
    ———Name:
    ———Address:
    ———Apt No:
    ———City:
    ———State:
    ———Zip code:
    ———Phone: Home and cell:
    ———Age:
    ———Sex:
    ———Present occupation:
    ———Number of years as a babysitter:
    ———Number of available reference:

    Agreements
    $20 per hour plus gas.-
    Job duration of one month
    5 hours daily Monday – Friday total of $2000 for the total time frame.

    Advance payment of a week would be arranged for you as soon as you agree to the terms above.

    Juliana is adorable and gets along easily with people, never allergic and sleeps a lot, I would be sending you her PICTURE as soon as I get a reply from you indicating your readiness to care for her everyday before I return.

    Thanks .

    Jody Wesley

  77. liz powers-- -- -- July 5th, 2012 6:06 pm

    theres a new one from “Shak Kerry” similiar to these i wasnt gonna post the whole email cause its the same jist as the others bt i had put a ad for housekeeping got a reply fro this guy who was supposedly relocating and wanted to send me a check in advance I was excited thinking something was finally working out for me I have an infant son and a daughter so instead of finding extra work and money I wouldve been in debt to my bank and possibly in legal trouble thank god I thought twice and googled scams of this type first I am extremely upset am gonna flag this if I can find it but like I said he replied to me I am gonna tell him I received the check and really feel like goin to the authories I hope no one falls for this scammer POS goodluck guys

  78. Kecia-- -- -- July 17th, 2012 10:54 am

    **I’ll keep my hopes up and keep you posted as to if this is a scam. It’s set up in the same format, but theses people seem real genunine. I’ll keep you posted!**

    Thanks so much for your interest in the nanny position. My name is Jenny Cancienne, my husband’s name is Dave with our first child Paul of 3 years old. I am 5month’s pregnant and we are in the process of re-locating from Ontario, Canada to your city and will as well appreciate if you can recommend a good doctor for me when we arrive. We are relocating to United states and i found your email interesting.

    We are in need of someone who can help me with some of the house hold chores running some errands when necessary and babysitting my son Paul taking care of him as yours around these hours of 2pm – 6pm from Mondays thru Fridays.
    We will need your service starting from July 25th. Kindly advise your available hours and when likely can you start?

    About My Son: Paul is a talented son and very bright. He is fun loving, kind and lovely. I will like to know how long you can work with us, am offering $400.00 per week as compensation for a trustworthy and honest candidate. we re processing the re-location process and we have been talking to some people who want to rent out their house. It’s okay if you prefer to be a live-in or live-out nanny as we can drop him at your home everyday and will greatly appreciate if you will be delighted to accept this offer as we would be arriving before the starting date.

    we will as well run a background check on you because it’s not easy to leave a child with someone just like that and i hope you understand our concerns.
    If this employment opportunity is acceptable to you, kindly get back to us asap with the information below required for confirmation and further proceedings to take place:

    Full name:
    Contact Address: (No P.O. Box)
    Apt #:
    City:
    Zip Code:
    State:
    Date of birth:
    Home & Cell numbers:
    Best time of contact:

    Our expected arrival date is 24th of July but you will be paid a week payment in advance before our arrival, as we will have several small assignments for you to complete prior to our arrival, such as checking our new apartment for necessary supplies( when we secure one), purchasing what may be needed before our arrival, etc. All we ask from you is honesty and sincerity. And we re sure you will enjoy the time you will spend with our son.
    Please do get in touch on time so that we can start making arrangements with our travel agency while we await your swift response regards this employment offer and the requested details.

    Have a pleasant week.

    Sincerely,

    Jenny

  79. Kayla-- -- -- September 28th, 2012 1:26 am

    I almost fell for one of these scams but posts like these saved me. Though I haven’t seen a single scam that is the same as mine, so it seems as though they are up to something new.

    Ok. I’m okay with your time choice, I am originally from Frisco, TX. I am 32yrs old and i use to live in Athens, Greece during my teenage days. I will be booking an hotel that’s close to your area for the job convenience. I will let you know the name as soon as i get one booked. I’m a Fifa Licensed Soccer Scout, and i work full time during the week. I am on scouting for a football club in Europe.

    I will like to secure you to babysit Deborah, so i will like to give you an upfront payment to secure your service for me. And i will be send an additional money for some items for Debby, you will forward the extra money for Debby stuffs to A Seller (I bought goods from on a classified website). The seller will send you Books, Road Hog Trike, JD Farm Power w Trailer, Kids Ben10 Car,Train Table – White, Fun Explorers Construction Set, Tree House, Pirate Pop-up Tent Play Set , Barbie Doll sets, Kitchen corner set, Auto Bicycle before my arrival so that you can put everything in place.

    I need you to get back to me with the information below in other for me to forward your information to my Accountant in other for him to issue out your payment as soon as possible. Your full name, address, city, state, postal code, Tele#.

    I will be needing this information in order for me to get you booked upon my arrival.

    Sincerely.

    The man’s name is Carver Lorenzo and his e-mail is carverlor@gmail.com.

  80. charlotte-- -- -- October 27th, 2012 6:34 pm

    I almost believed this emailed until they mention acccepting a delivery and sending me a large amount.. I got suspicious because you don’t even know me, who has money like that’ Than I started to investigate the situation. I did give my address and cell phone#. Times are hard but jail time is harder. Thank God for knowledge

  81. Rikka J.-- -- -- February 8th, 2013 4:00 pm

    This is the letter I recieved in response to a Craigslist ad:

    Thanks for your email toward the Janitor/Cleaning Job position i posted on Craigslist ,It’s great opportunity to have your mail and i will be looking forward to read back from your prompt response. I will like you to know more about our arrival,me and my family we are relocating from CANADA to USA we are coming there to do some contract basis with my research for Seminar on United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as i work presently with the (UNFCCC) here in CANADA as a research contractor manager and we are relocating USA for 8month on my research and arrangement has been made with my wife uncle who has helped us to buy a house before he passed away. So i need someone who could work as a good House keeper, I am still unsure of the Physical address of the apartment where will be staying but i will instruct The estate agent to mail the keys/Address of Our apartment to you as soon as the place is ready so that you can do all other necessary preparations before Our arrival, I have reasons to believe that the painter and electrician are working on getting the apartment fixed and ready for use. I will be offering you $300 weekly plus $30 for transportation or gas fees, I will be needing your

    services for three hours at any suitable time of yours Monday,Wednesday, Friday or Saturday.Also we have a financier that is based in the United state and he will be handling the payment and some other expenses, so he will be the one that will be taking care of your payment as well, I will instruct him to pay $300 for your first week Advanced payment before our arrival to secure your service, actually i should have paid for more weeks but i will extend the payment if am satisfied with your service after 2weeks.My financier will be making out a check to you before our arrival, you will be receiving a check of $1199.85 out of which you will be deducting $300 for the Advanced payment and you will be using the remaining to buy Groceries/Food Stuffs and other things needed in the house, you will be getting this Food Stuffs before our arrival date which is on the 23th Of February , if you are interested in working with Horris’s family, i will like you to get back to me with requested information below.

    Name to be on Check :

    Home address or Office Address :

    City :

    State :

    Zip code :

    Age :

    Sex :

    Are you married?

    Phone number very important:

    Email address:

    Do you have criminal record,i mean any offense:

    All we need from you is total honesty and sincerity. I know you will be committed to the work, You will also have a nice period of working

    with my Family. I will be waiting to hear from you.If myself and my wife are pleased with your service within 2 weeks, there will be other

    incentives. However, we need a more mature person that is above 18yrs of age who is very knowledgeable to handle things without much

    supervision.

    Thanks you

    What a bunch of BS!!!!

  82. courtney-- -- -- October 27th, 2013 10:40 pm

    This just happened to me. I was so excited that I found a job then the ladies e-mails got weird. She wanted to pre-pay me and she wanted a wheelchair to be sent to my house. “She” also kept saying I will be moving to “your area” “next week” I kept thinking why is there so much details but, a lack of the important information. The original job offer was from a different posting and they referred me to her.

  83. Lokey-- -- -- February 4th, 2014 5:01 pm

    I responded to a housekeeping ad on Craig’s list (Chico California area) and received this e-mail:

    “Good Day, How are you doing?I got your mail concerning your interest
    in the cleaning job.

     My Name  Frank Butler and My wife’s name is Jessica. We are relocating to the City
    from texas with our daughter laura. I will be offering you
    $350.00 weekly at any suitable time of yours three times in a week,
    probably (Thursday to Saturday) and i will be needing your services
    for couple of months. I hope two hours is enough to clean a 3 bedroom house
    with one master bedroom and two standard size rooms, with One Living
    room and a kitchen as well? a day???

     I need someone who could help me in taking care of the house by doing
    some house work while am off to work because we are expecting our
    second child soon and it will be very stressful for my wife to do the
    cleaning. I believe you will be fit for this position in as much as
    you will prove yourself to be a reliable, honest, and hard working
    person. Our arrival date would be last week of february, You will
    start working on same day.

     You will help us to clean the apartment in the morning or a day before
    our arrival date, I will tell our Landlord to mail the keys of the
    apartment to you so that you can be able to clean it before we arrive.
    I want to know if there’s any equipment that you will need me to
    provide, if there’s any let me know how much it will cost. I will be
    spending about 6 months for the contract job, so i will be needing
    your services for that time, if am satisfied with the services you
    render.

     I have a personal assistant that is based in the states and he will be
    handling your payment and other expenses. I will instruct him to mail
    out your first week upfront payment prior to our arrival so as to
    secure your service but actually i should have paid for more weeks but
    i will extend the payment if am satisfy with your service after the
    first two weeks.

     If you accept my offer, my personal assistant would be needing the
    following Information for confirmation to mail out the check:

    Full name:
    Contact Address & Apt #:
    City, Zip Code:
    State:
    Home & Cell numbers (Best time to call Day/Night):
    Available hours:

     Most importantly, i need your total honesty, sincerity and ability to
    carry out the task with less or no supervision. I know you will be
    committed to the work, you will also have a nice period of working
    with us.

    While i await your swift response regards this employment offer with
    the requested details.

    Regards,

    Frank Butler”

    Now I know for sure this is a scam. Thanks to everyone for helping others avoid a big mistake.

  84. Kimberlee-- -- -- May 15th, 2014 4:44 pm

    That same nanny /babysitting scam happened to me 2 months ago. An ad on Craigslist and talk about feeling like a dumb ass. Bad thing is I really thought I scored a great job. Usually if it sounds too good to be true…it is. Live and learn. Those people that run those scams suck ! Bad ju ju for them in the end.

  85. anonimus-- -- -- October 19th, 2014 9:54 am

    OMGG!! The same nanny scam
    My name is James kwapich, I am the head civil engineer with NRFC Construction. Ontario Canada an affiliate of Shimmick Construction and Renovation Co USA… I just went through your email as a good caregiver for infants. Hence I would want to leave my 3 year old daughter Juliana in your care everyday as I would accompany 3 other delegates for an inspection tour of one of our Building project located near you in the United States. The inspection tour implies that I leave my hotel some few hours every day to the Building site and back home, this would make it difficult to take care of my kid; this tour would stretch from the 30th of Oct. through 30th of Nov. I need someone who can do 5 hours a day Monday – Friday.I would like to know your number of times and hours of availability weekly basis as soon as we arrive. So I can schedule my appointment of leaving home daily…I’m offering $20 an hour plus gas / negotiable, as I would want all condition conducive for both you and Juliana while in your care.Juliana is adorable and gets along easily with people, never allergic and sleeps a lot, I would be sending you her PICTURE as soon as I get a reply from you indicating your readiness to care for her everyday before I return.On 

  86. anonimus-- -- -- October 19th, 2014 9:56 am

    support@nrfinconline.con

    James G Meenahan

  87. anonimous-- -- -- October 26th, 2014 12:20 pm

    Omgee!! Anonimous rely that replied on the 19th of october at 9:54 am please tell me through this website if he has sent you any further questions or if you got to the point where he actually mailed you the check as well as like the replies above and it turned out to be a scam? I saw this posting on Craigslist as well!

  88. Alisa-- -- -- November 11th, 2014 1:05 pm

    I’ve been contacted by text messages by two different scammers who got my phone # from my profile at Care.com…This is a very complex and extremely well-orchestrated money laundering scheme as checks come from Real Estate and Vacation property rental companies here in the states that appear to be honest and legit companies. They have done their homework..so beware!!! Only respond to people who are local…have regular interview in public place and bring a friend ( witness ) with you. Just be careful, protect yourself. Legit. People do not pay you upfront..without even meeting you…Don’t give out personal info in emails or text messages. Don’t be uninformed…get educated on all of the different scams out there. Be patient..the right job will come!

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