Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Nigerian scammers posting help wanted ads on craigslist

This ad is still up on craigslist Don't bother responding to it because it was posted by a Nigerian scammer.

Office Assistant Needed (miami )

Date: 2012-05-08, 5:29PM EDT
Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]

We are looking for someone who is hard working, friendly, honest, and dependable. Previous appointment scheduling experience is a plus, but not required.

•Location: miami
•Principals only. Recruiters, please don't 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: 3004061704

What you get back from this con artis is this letter:

From: "Michael O'brien"

The Company Name is Baume et Mercier. Baume et Mercier is a Swiss manufacturer of accessible luxury watches and is an independent company based in Geneva, Switzerland and we continue to develop highly distinctive and attractive collections with a real sporting pedigree..The primary goal of the Receptionist/Office Assistant is to provide local customer assistant to our clients within North America. You will be assisting our clients within North America, the assistance to be provided will include: payment collections and customer service.And also i seek someone who can be my personal assistant and act on my behalf when i am not in the country.So In your reply please indicate if you will be interested in been my personal assistant. This position is home based and communication will mostly be via Text,Calls,and Emails.

I'm looking for someone that can be trusted and reliable to work very well with good understanding. This position is home-based and flexible, working with me is basically about instructions and following them.
Presently i am in Switzerland for the company representative meeting and i want my assistant to start work immediately and also in your reply indicate when you wish to start work.

Your duties will include:
- Collecting Local Payments
When a buyer in United States decides to purchase an item through an online auction from our sellers he has the following payment options: Money orders, international wire transfer, international check, or local wire transfer. The quickest option of these is local wire transferring. Local wire transfers are the option that the sales support representative will provide to the clients.

- Managing Data
Along with the payments received from buyers you will be receiving details for these sales. These details will include items sold, price, and buyer's information. You are to file and maintain these purchasing records and transactions.

- Forwarding of the Payments
Once you receive each payment you will be keeping 10% as commission and forwarding the rest to the seller or representative, whose information will be provided prior each transaction. It is crucial to complete forwarding of the payments in a time efficient manner.

- Fees, and Transferring Procedures
All fees are covered by the company. The fees for transferring are simply deducted from the payments received. No client will contact you during initial stage of the trial period. After three weeks of the trial period you will begin to have contact with the buyers via email in regards to collection of the payments. For the first three weeks you will simply receive all of the transferring details, and payments, along with step by step guidance from your supervisor. You will be forwarding the received payments by wire transfer.

Additional Information:
During the trial period, you will be paid 2,000USD per month while working on average 3-4hours per day, plus 10% commission from every payment received and forwarded. The salary will be sent in the form of wire transfer directly to your account. After the trial period your base pay salary will go up to 2,200USD per month, plus 10% commission.

You will receive a monthly invoice stating your total income. All applicable taxes are covered by the company,Basic wage is $400 Weekly excluding Gas expenses and compensations.

Your First Primary task (Collection of Payments):
1. Receive payment from our Customers or Clients.
2. Cash Payment at your Bank or any cashing facilities near you.
3. Deduct 10 % which will be your percentage/pay on Payment processed
4. Forward balance after deduction of percentage/pay to any of the offices you will be contacted to send payment to, you'll have a lot of free time doing another job, because this job schedule is flexible, you'll get good income .But this job is very challenging and you should understand it.

Please kindly fill your details below, so that you can get started.

Personal Information

Full Name:
Apt #:
Postal Code:
Resident Phone Number:
The employee,acknowledged the Detailed Job Description
and signed___________ _____________________
(First Name and Last Name of Employee)

Kindly respond with requested details .Once I have received your contact information, I will get back to you with the task for this week.

Thanks in anticipation of your prompt response.
Financial Representative
Michael O'brien

The way this scam works is they will send you a check for about 3,500 and tell you to deduct your pay. After deducting it, you will send the balance to somebody else via a Western Union transfer. By the time your bank tells you that the check is no good, you will have wired them cash and the scammer is long gone with your money. If you get this email report it to the FBI at even if you did not fall for the scam. Click on show full headers and give them the originating IP address. This is a money laudering scam. The originating IP address is This traces to Pretoria, South Africa.

All of these ads look like legitimate employment so be very careful when inquiring about any "employment" ads on craigslist. Do not give them your real name or phone number.

Also, if you get this one, report the domain to the FBI and it's web hosting company which is


  1. if it originated in Pretoria, South Africa, why title it Nigerian?

  2. because those enterprising Nigerians trademarked it...


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