Daniel Cooper / Job scam

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Applied on Craigslist for a Personal assistant. Scammer replied and said he was from the US but doing business in London setting up his new shop and that payment would come soon and that I was to take a 1/3 of the payment for my paycheck. The paycheck had an address from Boulder, CO as the sender. I cashed the 3 money orders and then a week later got a notice from the bank saying it was fake and my account was negative.
Here is the email:

Thanks for your response. My name is Daniel Cooper. I live in US but presently in London on a business trip and I need a personal assistant urgently to run my errands until I return back to the US . I own an electronics and clothing store in London, United Kingdom . Here below is the job description.

1. You will run errands for three times a week and two hours each day.
2. You will do my business shopping.
3. You will receive my packages which will be shipped to the nearest UPS office to you. You will go to the UPS office and pick up the packages. The content of the packages are electronics, clothes, my business and personal letters. You will open the packages and confirm the contents for record purpose.
4. You will ship out some of the packages where I want them to be shipped to. (You don't have to pay for the shipment. All expenses and taxes will be covered by me)
5. You will receive payments from my clients on my behalf which will be written payable to your name so you can cash them at your bank. The payments will be in either check or money order. The payments will be for the services you will be rendering and to do my business shopping.

Job Requirement
1. You must have good communication skill.
2. You must be efficient, reliable, responsible and trustworthy.
3. You mush be able to perform your tasks effectively
4. You should be able to work 3 times per week and 2 hours each day.

Payment and Work Duration
The Job will last for three months. I want to open another electronics and clothing store in the US when I return and if there is need to extend your services, an amendments would be made to your wages and you will be notified accordingly. I will meet you in person by February when I return back to the US . I am willing to pay $300 per week. Your weekly payment will be deducted from the payments sent to you by my clients.

I need the service of a personal assistant because I am always out of town for business trips. The lists and pictures of what to shop will be sent to you via email when am ready. No heavy packages are involved! The shopping will be done at any nearest stores to you. You will be shopping for Electronics and clothes. My personal UPS account number will be provided for shipping. I will provide clear set of instructions for each task to be done and funds to cover them.

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  • B5
      Apr 04, 2016

    Hello! I received an email similar to that, although I hadn't applied for a personal assistant position via Craigslist, I was looking for apartments. Fortunately, I read a lot of message boards before replying and figured out that it was a scam. Here's the email:

    I received your resume among other messages from interested applicants for this position.
    I will like to quickly brief you on the reason I need a personal assistance!!!

    As an IT consultant with a focus in international business, majority of my personal clients that I distribute our products to are out of the country. I travel a lot for cordial business relationship with my clients which is why I need someone to help with my errands as I am constantly out of town. As a matter of fact I am in Dublin, Ireland were I own a software engineering company based in Dublin, I am into computer software, hardware and programming, I work with an IT firm in United State and I also manage my own software company based in Dublin Ireland. Here is my web site, I travel a lot and I need a personal assistant to help me with my bills and some other things I need to get done when I am not around. and the need of an assistant is Urgently required to get my business going without loosing most of my customers before my return.
    You will be prepaid in advance to do my shopping, Bill payments, placing and expediting orders, picking-up and delivering items to my PO box. I will pick the items up from the post office when I return from Ireland on the 28th of April next month.
    The pay is very attractive and I want the best candidate for this position.

    I will like to ask you some few questions.
    1. In a simple statement, Tell me about yourself?
    2. Where would you like to be in 3 years?
    3. What have you learned from your past job (if any)
    4. What are the key tasks of a Personal Assistant?
    5. What animal do you love the most and why?
    Your core duties Shall be the following:
    1. You will be responsible for my shopping.
    2. Bills payment
    3. Placing and expediting orders
    4. Picking-up and delivering items to my PO Box, I will pick the items up from the post office when I return from my trip.
    Your daily routine should be between 7-10 hours weekly.
    Note: If you happen to get the job, I will provide you with sufficient funds and adequate instruction for every task. You will get directions at the beginning of each week on duties for the week till I return from my business trip. I will be sending money for the errands inclusive of payment for your service through my bank channel, the money will arrive inform of a Check. Answer the above Questions.
    Patrick Cooper

    I'm thankful for all the message boards that are posting about this. BEWARE!!

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