One of the web sites I use for my job search is CareerBuilder, which I have found to be an excellent source of new job leads. Occasionally I receive e-mails and phone calls from individuals who come across my resume, many of which originate from legitimate companies. But there are times when I receive e-mails such as this one:
Thank you for your interest. After viewing your resume on careerbuilder.com, we have decided to contact you. We have an excellent opportunity for you.
· Computer intermediate experience, checking emails 2 times/day
· US citizen or permanent residence/green card holder
· Honesty, responsibility and promptness in operations
· Self-motivated and capable of working independently
· Required Travel: NO
· Relocation: NO
· No Sales
· Attractive bonuses and commissions with each order
· No contact with our clients
· No Fees
· You can start tomorrow
· Compensation: $85,000 – $95,000 per year
· Fix salary after first month
· Employee Type: Full-Time/Part-Time
· Education reimburse
· Vacation (2 weeks for Exempt employees)
· 4 paid Company Holidays / 2 paid floating holidays
· Large and stable corporation
Please reply if you are interested.
While I am in fact very desperate for a job, I’m not so sure about responding to this e-mail. There is absolutely no information on which company is offering this job and no contact information. I do know that some companies prefer to withhold the company name from their job postings but to receive an e-mail like this out of the blue just doesn’t seem right, especially one signed just “Hiring Department” and nothing else.
Just out of curiosity I did hit Reply to see what e-mail address came up, and I saw “firstname.lastname@example.org” as the sender. Then I looked up a few lines of this e-mail on Google to see if anyone else has received something like this, and sure enough, this site has this very e-mail labeled as a scam. I found this other site with a horror story posted by someone who responded to one of these job scams.
This e-mail is going straight to the trash bin. I had a feeling a job where all I have to do is check my e-mail twice a day sounded too good to be true.
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