|megpie71 (megpie71) wrote,|
@ 2015-10-09 07:30:00
|Entry tags:||activism, scam alert: employment|
Employment Scammer: "Alex Brook", Brook Construction Company
Apparently-From: Alex Brook (email@example.com)
Subject Line: [Bulk] Personal Assistant Needed (part time job)
Addressed to me: No
Personal Assistant Needed
Want to be a personal assistant?.
I am Alex Brook, the CEO of Brook Construction Company, we provide full-
service General Contracting, Construction Management, Design/Build, and
Underground Utility Construction. We also have an on-site metal fabrication
shop. We are Looking for well-rounded, hard working individuals to be my
personal assistant. Be apart of a great team, while working from home. This
is part time job and it requires less of your time
Job Duties Include
*Running personal errands, supervisions and monitoring.
*Scheduling programs, flights and keeping me up to date with them.
*Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence when am away.
-Making appointments and organizing owner's schedule
*Making regular contacts and drop-offs on my behalf. Handling and monitoring
some of my financial activities.
Payment Terms: Basic Salary ($350 weekly) plus intensive
If interested in this position, kindly get back with If you are interested
in becoming my Personal Assistant, confirm that you are ready by replying to
this message with "I AGREE" as the subject and the following information:
Occupation (if any):
This is a scam.
Firstly: "Brook Construction Company" doesn't appear to exist - there's quite a few entries in Google for "Brooks Construction Company" in the USA (all in Indiana, according to the map on Google), and one entry for Brook Construction (no "company") in Canada (Newfoundland and Labrador regions).
Secondly: The role of PA is not usually a "work from home" role - or at least, not "work from your own home". "Work from the boss's home", yeah, sure I can see that happening, but it's more likely to be an in-office role. Which means even if this were legit, and even if this were a genuine offer, you'd need to know where the company is based in order to take on the job. (At the very least, you'd need to know the time zone the company is based in - if this were genuinely a US company, as someone in zone GMT+8, I'd need to be working some very unusual hours indeed in order to hold down the job).
Thirdly: If this were a legitimate job offer, it would be on a legitimate job search website. It would not be sent out as a bulk email to random people on a spam mailing list. As always, in situations where economies have contracted and unemployment is high, the power is on the side of the employer - candidates go looking for them, they don't come looking for you unless you have some VERY specialised skill sets, or unless they know you personally and are aware you'd be a good fit.
Legitimate offers of employment generally come from people who have interviewed you - legitimate employers want to make sure you'd be a good fit in their corporate culture, and for a job such as Personal Assistant, there's the need to ensure you're not going to be a poor fit with that particular boss, too.
Fourthly: For a job opportunity, there's remarkably little information about what you're going to be required to do, and how many hours a week you're going to be required to do it. The weekly salary of $350 translates to $8.75 per hour for a standard 40 hour work week (which is, I think, slightly above US minimum wage, but well below the minimum wage here in Australia). So you'd need to know how many hours per week you're expected to work for that $350.
They also don't ask for any skills, and don't ask you to send in a resume. Why, it's almost as though they aren't interested in your skills at all. Which means there must be something else they're after.
Finally: The email addresses don't match up to the offer. The email address this is apparently from is the domain for a psychologist in Germany (and I suspect she's more than a little annoyed about having her email hijacked by spammers). The reply-to address is an AOL throw-away address. If you're dealing with a company large enough for the CEO to need a personal assistant (and let's be honest - the CEO's personal assistant would be a full-time role, not a part-time one) then you'd also expect to be dealing with a company large enough to handle having its own web presence, internal email, and domain.
Don't respond, don't apply, and don't expect to be seeing that $350 per week, either.
(I find with these sorts of things it helps to think of any monetary amounts as the scammer's minimum goal).
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