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Joplin, MO, United States
2016-03-23 15:13:14
Job Scam
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Personal assistant scam when I responded to a job ad on Craig's List   
"Dr" John Williams
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I responded to an ad on Craig's List for an apartment maintenance job. I received a reply offering me a job as a personal assistant to an individual calling himself "Dr. John Williams". The job offer had no relationship to the original ad on Craig's List.
The job description is: Dr. John Williams will send me a check which I am to deposit into my account and when the check "clears" I am to deduct my wages and send a MoneyGram with the balance from the check to someone designated by Mr, Williams. Here is a copy of an e-mail I received:
Hello Charles,
Am very sorry for the delay in payment ,it was due to some mix up that occurred and it have been rectified.I really do appreciate your patience and I am pleased to inform you that the funds for your first assignment and weekly salary has been sent out Kindly be on the lookout for the delivery today A cashier check of $2,270 has been sent to you.First assignment payment has been mailed out through USPS courier service with the tracking number (9405501699320076537342 ) is delivered, you can proceed with the below INSTRUCTIONS.

Here is how to go about the transaction, the financial officer has given strict instructions that as soon as you get this payment, take the payment to your bank and deposit it.Payment will take 24hrs to clear and once the payment has cleared, have your weekly payment deducted $400 plus $50 Bonus while you have what is left over withdrawn out in cash,then take the rest of the money to a MoneyGram Money Transfer office and send it to my supplier.

Below is the supplier’s information where you will wire the rest of the funds to after making your deduction:

RECEIVER'S NAME- Matthew Veintimilla

ADDRESS - 25824 Narbonne Avenue



ZIP CODE - 90717

There is always a MoneyGram charge associated to this wire Service (money in minutes),have the charges deducted from the Supplier (left over) and have what is left over wired to the Supplier information and as soon as that is done, get back to me with the MoneyGram transaction details as listed below :


Sender Name and Address:
Reference (Money Transfer Control Number 8 digits) :
Amount Sent:
Western Union Charges:


First week Salary --- $400.00
Bonus --- $50.00
MoneyGram charges -- $100.00
Supplier's Fund --- $1,720.00

I will be waiting to read back from you Asap today and i also have some other assignment for you to be done this week.

I want you to be rest assured that I'll never stress you at all in any assignment given to you and i promise to pay your fee weekly as we both agreed.

Email me the details of the transfer as soon as the money is sent. I will need the REF number with the total amount sent to my supplier after the transfer fees is deducted from the money. When the supplier gets the money, they will ship the products (Art materials) to you. I will pick the materials up from you when I return back to the states. I want to meet up with you and talk about this job in person. How do you feel about meeting? What is the closest coffee shop to you?

Please go ahead and get the check deposited asap today. Email me the details of the transfer as soon as the assignment is completed . I will be on the lookout for your email to confirm that the money has been sent to my supplier.

Take good care of yourself.

Kindly get back to me Asap.

Dr John Williams
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