Craigslist Receptionist job: email, lengthy application & credit card number for credit report

On February 9, 2012, I responded to a job listing on Craigslist that I believe was a scam. The listing (kx9nx-2842737193) has since been removed, but it was for a Receptionist position. The next day,2/10/12, I received a response from Vicky Morrison of Watson Careers & Partners asking me to complete a pre-screening using a link that they provided. It said I could not schedule an interview until this was complete, and it mentioned time sensitivity. I invested over an hour answering job-related questions on this link. At the end of the pre-screening, it asked for a free credit report using ONE of the TWO links provided. My application would not be considered without this report. Both links led to the same website: creditreport.com. I was hesitant but proceded, entering my social security number, name and email address. But once I saw a credit card number was necessary, I stopped. I replied to the email from Vicky Morrison, politely indicating that I would like an alternative to applying for the job which didn’t necessitate my credit card number. It has been six days and I have not received a response. Since then, I have noticed the job posting has been removed and I can no longer get on to the pre-screening site (my code has expired or has been inactivated). Additionally, I found a word-for-word copy of the email I received posted on about.com as a scam. The only difference was a different company’s name had been used:
http://jobsearch.about.com/u/sty/jobsearchscams/post-a-job-scam/Wright-Careers-Inc.htm

This post was submitted by Lisa Budd.

  1. Melissa, 17 February, 2012

    SAME THING! I was applying for an administrative assistant job in Jacksonville and I got an email from these guys directing me to another site. I filled out the information and THEN it asked me to do a free credit report. SCAM!!!! STAY AWAY!

  2. April, 22 February, 2012

    I got the same email but mine was from Karen Whitlock of Watson Careers & Partners. I’m so glad I checked this company out before presiding with their bogus application. Thanks!

  3. Wendy Xiong, 24 February, 2012

    I got the same thing for Minneapolis, MN. When I figured out why the application process has some much questions which you would normally explain in an interview, I did a BBB search on them. No such name.
    Here’s the email I got from Emma Hartley for a PT Medical lRecords Clerk throught Craigslist.com:
    Hello Wendy,

    We would like to thank you for sending your resume to Watson Careers & Partners. After reviewing your initial credentials, I think you could possibly be a great fit for our company.

    Our Human Resource manager would like to schedule an interview with you before she leaves for vacation early next week. You need to complete the pre-interview screening before we can schedule an interview, which can be found at http://workforwatson.info or the career link on our homepage. Your applicant code is 523357.

    Please write down your code, as that is the only way you can gain access to your application and employee profile. Once you complete your screening someone from HR will contact you within 72 hours to schedule an interview.

    Respectfully
    Emma Hartley
    Watson Careers & Partners

  4. Karen M, 27 February, 2012

    Thanks for posting about this I got the same email and found it suspicious so decided to search for the company the job posting was put up yesterday I will not be responding thanks

  5. Casey, 27 February, 2012

    I just got the same thing.

    Hello Casey,

    We would like to thank you for sending your resume to Watson Careers & Partners. After reviewing your initial credentials, I think you could possibly be a great fit for our company.

    Our Human Resource manager would like to schedule an interview with you before she leaves for vacation early next week. You need to complete the pre-interview screening before we can schedule an interview, which can be found at http://career-in-watson.info or the career link on our homepage. Your applicant code is 975885.

    Please write down your code, as that is the only way you can gain access to your application and employee profile. Once you complete your screening someone from HR will contact you within 72 hours to schedule an interview.

    Respectfully
    Vicky Hawley
    Watson Careers & Partners

  6. Suelly, 27 February, 2012

    Hello Suelly,

    We would like to thank you for sending your resume to Watson Careers & Partners. After reviewing your initial credentials, I think you could possibly be a great fit for our company.

    Our Human Resource manager would like to schedule an interview with you before she leaves for vacation early next week. You need to complete the pre-interview screening before we can schedule an interview, which can be found at http://workforwatson.info or the career link on our homepage. Your applicant code is 523357.

    Please write down your code, as that is the only way you can gain access to your application and employee profile. Once you complete your screening someone from HR will contact you within 72 hours to schedule an interview.

    Respectfully
    Emma Hartley
    Watson Careers & Partners

  7. Suelly, 27 February, 2012

    Im glad I found this website before I actually did the pre-screening questions! This is bogus. This company does not exsist and its a scam! This is the email I received from them.

    Hello Zuenelly,

    We would like to thank you for sending your resume to Watson Careers & Partners. After reviewing your initial credentials, I think you could possibly be a great fit for our company.

    Our Human Resource manager would like to schedule an interview with you before she leaves for vacation early next week. You need to complete the pre-interview screening before we can schedule an interview, which can be found at http://workforwatson.info or the career link on our homepage. Your applicant code is 523357.

    Please write down your code, as that is the only way you can gain access to your application and employee profile. Once you complete your screening someone from HR will contact you within 72 hours to schedule an interview.

    Respectfully
    Emma Hartley
    Watson Careers & Partners

  8. Luke, 27 February, 2012

    Received same email from a position in Plattsburgh, NY. Job applicants beware.

    Job was posted as a Front Desk Assistant. Below is email.

    Hello Luke,

    We would like to thank you for sending your resume to Watson Careers & Partners. After reviewing your initial credentials, I think you could possibly be a great fit for our company.

    Our Human Resource manager would like to schedule an interview with you before she leaves for vacation early next week. You need to complete the pre-interview screening before we can schedule an interview, which can be found at http://career-in-watson.info or the career link on our homepage. Your applicant code is 975885.

    Please write down your code, as that is the only way you can gain access to your application and employee profile. Once you complete your screening someone from HR will contact you within 72 hours to schedule an interview.

    Respectfully
    Vicky Hawley
    Watson Careers & Partners

  9. Jenny, 28 February, 2012

    I got the same thing. I’m really glad you posted this. Thank you so much!

    It seemed scam-ish, so I asked for more information about the company before proceeding, but I guess I won’t be hearing any more!

  10. Stephanie, 04 March, 2012

    I’m unfortunately another to recieve this email from this non existent company!

  11. Mia, 16 June, 2013

    I’m so happy I found this website… I feel so stupid for falling into this trap. What scares me the most was that my personal info was on my résumé and cover letter (home address, phone #) …. I’m VERY worried about this. I have read online of the many people who fell victim to this. I realized my stupidity before any email was sent to me and quickly e,ailed them and told hem to delete any emails from my address but I received this later…

    “Hello ,

    How are you doing today? I’m very happy that you want to become part of our company by working for us. Thanks for the mail…I am looking for someone who can handle my personal and business errands at his/her spare time.Someone who can offer me these services: Mail services Receive my mails and drop them off at UPS(nothing illegal)Shop for Gifts,Art works,Bill payment ( pay my bills on my behalf)Sit for delivery( at your home) or pick items up at nearby post office at your convenience. It does not matter where you are located as long as you reside in the united states.Let me know if you will be able to offer me any/all of these services.

    Where are you located? I would love to meet up with you to talk about this job but I am currently away on business. I am in Australia so there will be no interview.I will prepay you in advance to do my shopping. I will also have my mails and packages forwarded to your address. If you will be unable to stay at your house to get my mails, I can have it shipped to a post office near you and then you can pick it up at your convenience.When you get my mails/packages; you are required to mail them to me or our customers. You don’t have to put money out of your pocket, all you have to do is have packages shipped to your house and do my shopping. You are allowed to open the packages to reveal its content.The content of the packages are computer and electronics,art works,antiques business and personal letters.. All expenses and taxes will be covered by me. You will work between 15 and 20hrs a month..I will pay $350.00 weekly, That is not a bad offer is it? I need your service because I am constantly out of town. I work in a realestate and I own an Art Gallery in Australia. I will return to USA in 30th AUGUST,2013 so this process will be on going till then.If you don’t mind, I will meet up with you when I return and then we can talk about the possibility of making
    this long term. Well, let me know if you are able to handle the position.Hope to hear from you.I will email you the list
    and pictures of what to shop for when I am ready. No heavy packages is involved! You can do the shopping at any nearest stores.

    I will provide you with my personal UPS account number for Shipping.
    All you have to do is provide my account number to UPS and shipping charges will be applied into the account.I will provide clear set of instructions for each task I need done as well as the funds to cover them. If I were to mail you money to do my shopping plus upfront payment for your service, where would you want it mailed to? How should your name appear on the money?

    Kindly,provide me with the following details below

    Full Name:
    Full Address:
    (NO P.O.BOX)
    City:
    State:
    Country:
    Zip Code:
    Phone Number
    if you have yahoo messenger or hotmail to chat with you also about the job….
    Age:

    Thank you!
    NB:You can give me a call on my US number which is roam to australia

    Tel: 307 529 1059 USA”

    What should I do now?

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