I replied to the same ad on craigslist.org as everyone else and received the exact same e-mail. The only difference is that he is going by the name Mark Terry, using the e-mail address [protected]@live.com, and list a phone number as +[protected]. I am planning on contacting my local police with info and anything else that I might receive.
Below is a copy of the e-mail that I received.
Hope you're having a pleasant day today?You contacted me applying for the position which I advertised on craigslist.org. Do take time to go through this introductory mail and feel free to pass any questions on.
My profile briefly:
I'm Mark Terry, 52, and a father of 2 wonderful kids, I was ones a Pathologist/researcher and I work with
World Hope International. World Hope International (WHI) is a faith-based relief and development organization alleviating suffering and injustice through education, enterprise, and community health. In collaboration with faith communities, like-minded organizations, and individuals around the globe, World Hope seeks to empower people by creating a broad spectrum of locally sustainable programs. These programs include economic development, leadership and skills training, child sponsorship, and community health education. World Hope works in and through the local faith community to bring spiritual, social, economic, and physical change. In the organization we are regarded as Hope corps which travel for volunteer program which facilitates short-term (one week to one year) outreach opportunities for professionals (medics, technicians, teachers, and businesspeople), college students, families, and individuals. Designed to accommodate a rapidly growing interest in service projects among youth and adults, Hope Corps connects volunteers with ministry projects specially suited to their skills. Service opportunities exist on a continual basis in various countries in Africa, Central America, Asia, and the Caribbean.But now i am a successful entrepreneur and investor, a member of the Angel Investment Network.I'm also a research journalist and I travel every now and then within and outside the US working on various independent projects, this is why I need someone who can help keep up to date with all of my activities especially when I'm away and amidst my busy schedule.
I have had a previous PA who has been very commendable in her activities and who has been part of my life for the past 6 months, she has since moved on with her personal life and it has affected me in a way. I found her previously on the craigslist website and I sincerely hope I will be able to find someone again who will be as efficient as she has been.Please note that you are being hired only on a personal level. All correspondences would be made and promptly reported to me personally.The position is part time and home-based meaning you can work most
times from your home as long as you have a regular internet access.You are also hired on a trial basis for now until we are able to see how well we fit in, this however does not affect your weekly wage.
Most of your activities will be carried out locally and most official packages will be delivered via posts. You will be actively involved in personal, business and financial life. In summary, your activities as my assistant amongst other things will include;
* Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence;
* Running personal errands, supervisions and monitoring;
* Organizing and maintaining diaries, memos and making appointments;
* Dealing with incoming email, faxes and post;
* Carrying out background research and presenting findings;
* A personal reminder for Schedules, programs, flights and keeping me up to date with them as they come up;
* Arranging travel and accommodation
* Carrying out specific projects and research;
* Taking on some of the my responsibilities and working more closely with management and other staff related to me;
* Making regular contacts and drop-offs on my behalf.
* Handling and monitoring financial activities.
* Processing and taking charge of weekly payments and purchases.
* You will also be a part of my household and a helping hand to issues as they arise.
* General clerical activities.
Basic wage is $500 a week.
Any extra personal expenses (transport, gas, etc) incurred by you while on an errand or otherwise will also be reimbursed by me at the end of each working week.
This position is very flexible and it is difficult judging the exact number of hours you will be doing, just bear it in mind that there will be busier weeks than others with a steady pay. Working with me is basically about instructions and following them, my only fear is that I may come at you impromptu sometimes, so I need someone who can be able to meet up with my irregular timings. There is also a very sensitive issue on trust, dedication and accountability which I believe will resolve itself as time goes on.
This is only an introductory e-mail, as time goes on we should be able to arrange a proper meeting to get things started officially. I'm currently in England now for a project, however, I do have a number of things you could help me with immediately, prior to my arrival.
Due to the excessive number of responses to my Ad, do provide the following details about yourself for my personal record update and to filter applicants;
Full Contact Address (not Po box)
Phone Number (H)
Phone Number (M)
Occupation (if any)
I hope you can be available for me immediately before I arrive, it certainly can act as a stable foundation to our impending working relationship.
Hope to hear from you again.