New Craiglist Scam House Cleaner Wanted

Its crazy how original these people can get and yet how stupid they are. They make huge mistakes that tip people off.  I am humiliated to admit that I originally was unaware that this was a scam. It looked like a normal ad.

Here’s my story.

THE  AD:

We are in need of someone to help us in cleaning our new apartment, If you are interested please kindly reply back to the ads for consideration.

My thought:

I knew the English was a bit odd and was already sending tiny warning signals like I’d seen it before…but desperation breeds foolishness…

I replied to the ad and got the following email:

Hello,

Am sorry for responding late to your mail, I have been out internet for some days. Am Robert and My wife’s name is Linda, she’s 5 months pregnant and this is her first baby. We are relocating to the City from The Scotland,I will be coming there to work on contract basis with United States Environmental Protection Agency on a private research work So i need someone who could help in cleaning my apartment everyday. I will be offering you $20/hr, i will be needing your services from for two hours at any suitable time of yours throughout the days of the week i hope two hours is enough is clean a 3 bedroom house with one master bedroom and two standard size rooms, with One Living room and a kitchen as well.

I believe you are fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself to be a reliable and hard working person,Our arrival date would be Dec 12, You will start working on same day.You will help us to clean the apartment in the morning of our arrival date,I will tell the estate agent to mail the keys to the apartment to you so that you can be able to clean it on the 12th before we arrive.

I want know if there’s any equipment that you will need me to provide, if there’s any let me know how much it will cost, I will be spending about 2yrs for the contract job, so i will be needing your services for that time as well if am satisfied with the services you rendered. We have a financier that is based in the states and he will be handling the payment and some other expenses, so he will be the one that will be taking care of your the payment, I will instruct him to pay for the first two weeks before my arrival so as to secure your service, actually i should have paid for more weeks but i will extend the payment if am satisfy with your service after the two weeks.

So my financier would be needing the following Information to make out the check:
Name to be on Check:
Address:
City:
State:
Zip code:
Phone number:

Did you accept my offer?

I know you will be committed to the work,You will also have a nice period of working with us. I will be waiting to hear from you

Thanks

Now here is where I was stupid. My gut said that it was a bit weird but as I have had almost no experience with scams (just the lottery ones) and really needed the cleaning job I did give my address.

They replied back saying where the apartment was located and this is when I became very suspicious. The address they gave was right in my same complex….what are the odds to me that was their first mistake.

Their second was sending me a check remitted by a Richard brown and not a Robert Rich.

The check was for $3,800 and I know that I am an optimistic person but even I know that there is no way that someone will pay nearly $4,000 for 2 weeks of light cleaning. No one that would be living in my apartments any ways.

their final email so far…

Hello,

I’m happy to inform you that the Check is already on it’s way to you via FedEx Overnight Delivery Service that will be delivered to you this morning.

I’m making use of this opportunity to let you know what are the necessary things to be done, I want you to proceed immediately you got the check to your bank. As soon as it cleared, you are to deduct $500 and Help me get the rest wire via Western Union Money Transfer to the Traveling Agent So that our ticket can be booked.

Here is the Payment Information of the Traveling Agent :-

Name: Holly Mc Kenzie
Address: 430 S Main Street
City: Red Bluff
State: CA
Zip Code: 96080

I want you to get back to me with the Transfer Details as soon as you got it done so that i can get it across to the Traveling Agent ASAP.

Hope to read from you,

Cheers.

The address is for a coffee shop in CALIfornia and the phone number is not in service.

The moment I got the check I knew that a demands for funds would be forthcoming. I was prepared with my answer.

I am sad to inform you that the check your agent sent to me was not accepted by my bank. The host bank declared it fraudulent. I was really looking forward to this opportunity. I think your agent has scammed you. Her address is really to a coffee shop and the phone number is not in service. I hope you have ways of tracking her and that she has not taken your money and run! You should be more careful who you trust. I have also learned from this experience. If you would like the check back (though its worthless) please send your name and address and phone number.

I have found another position and will be unable to clean your apartment.

Funny enough I am more upset that there will be no ongoing employment than that I am in possesion of a fake cashier’s check. Obviously I never cashed it.

Sure enough the IP address of these people comes up as being in Nigeria although the check was sent DHL overnight from California. Is there a way FHL could look up who sent this?

At least I am wiser now.

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187 thoughts on “New Craiglist Scam House Cleaner Wanted

  1. S Lopez says:

    Thank you all for posting!
    Got this one yesterday after replying to a listing on Craigslist:

    Good Morning

    I got your email concerning your interest in the Cleaning/housekeeping
    job. We are
    relocating to your city with our daughter, Rachael . I will be
    offering you $400.00 weekly at
    any suitable time of yours, three times in a week, probably (Thursday
    to Saturday) and I
    will be needing your services for 3-6 months.

    I hope three hours is enough to clean a 3 bedroom house with one
    master bedroom and two
    standard size rooms, with One Living room and a kitchen as well,I need
    someone who could
    help me in taking care of the house by doing some house work while am
    off to work because we are expecting our second child soon and it will
    be very stressful for my wife to do the cleaning.

    I believe you will be fit for this position in as much as you will
    prove yourself to be a
    reliable, honest, and hard working person. Our arrival date would be
    on the 20th of march
    You will start working on same day.You will help us to clean the
    apartment in the morning or
    a day before our arrival date, I will tell our Landlord to mail the
    keys of the apartment to
    you so that you can be able to clean it before we arrive. I want to
    know if there’s any
    equipment that you will need me to provide, if there’s any let me know
    how much it will
    cost. I will be spending about 6 months for the contract job, so i
    will be needing your
    services for that time, if am satisfied with the services you render.

    I have a Personal Assistant and will be handling your payment and
    other expenses. I will
    instruct him to mail out your first week upfront payment prior to our
    arrival so as to
    secure your service but actually I should have paid for more weeks but
    I will extend the
    payment if am satisfy with your service after the first two weeks. If
    this employment
    opportunity is acceptable to you, kindly get back to me ASAP with the
    information below
    required for background check and further proceedings to take place:

    Full name:
    Contact Address: (No P.O. Box)
    Apt #:
    City:
    Zip Code:
    Home & Cell numbers (Best time to call Day/Night):
    Available hours:

    Most importantly, I need your total honesty, sincerity and ability to
    carry out the task
    with less or no supervision. I know you will be committed to the work,
    you will also have a
    nice period working with us.While I await your swift response regards
    this employment offer and the requested details..

    Regards,

  2. Todd says:

    I got this one in just today….

    Hello ,

    My Name is Jan,and my wife’s name is Randy.She is 5month old’s
    pregnant,shes also nursing our 5 years old kid.I came across your
    email at Craigslist.com .I am looking for female/male
    /cleaner/handyman in the state.. We are in the process of re-locating
    to the State from Canada, as I will be working on a contract basis
    with the United State Department of Health and Human Services in your
    area, doing private research work. I am in need of someone who can
    help my wife with some of the house hold chores, and run some errands
    when necessary. You would only be needed a few hours per week, at your convenience, but am offering $450.00 per week as compensation, for a trustworthy, and honest candidate. I already have a financial adviser in the States, who will be handling my affairs. I also have a Personal Assist who is helping me with the re-location process. If you accept this position, I will instruct my finance manager to forward to you, by express mail a check.

    If this employment opportunity is acceptable to you, please provide me with the following information:

    Your full name …………….
    Your full address,apt # with zip code…………….
    Your phone number for contact………………….
    Age…………
    Current email …………

    Our expected arrival date is MAY but you will be paid $450.00 per
    week, beginning immediately, as I will have several small assignments
    for you to complete before we arrive, such as checking the apartment
    for necessary supplies, purchasing what may be needed before our
    arrival, etc. All we ask from you is honesty and sincerity. And am
    sure you will enjoy the time you will spend with my wife. Will be
    looking forward to hearing from you, regarding this employment offer.

    Jan.

  3. Anthony Vogt says:

    I too was looking for work and got an email that contacted me

    When in the whole email they didn’t state at all where the new address was since I didn’t get that far in messages and I did the math of payments. 3 days a week…. 3 hrs a day….= ‘s 9 hrs…. and i would basically be making 40$ an hr. I don’t care how good you are at house cleaning… 30$ an hr? hahahahaha

    So Realizing by their second email it was a scam…I started messing with them…if they are going to waste my time and try and scam me….might as well have some fun with these S.O.B’s

    I then sent then 10 different slightly altered names
    ten very close but not close to my zip code
    never sent them any bank acc #’s
    Never sent them a working telephone # …i always put in 555 after a bogus area code #…since 555 is always used in movies for a reason they connot be called or used :-p
    Never sent my real name

    it was funny to see how many emails i got from them trying to get me to divulge my actual info…saying their comps must have been messed up and were receiving soo many diff names and still wanted my addy to mail a fake check and a bank acc# hahahahaha….that never happened

    this is what their main email read

    Thanks for getting back to me, I’m Robin Gomez & my wife’s name is
    Rabecca Gomez, she’s 7 months pregnant and this is our first baby.. We
    are relocating to your States from Australia. I will be coming there
    to work on contract basis with United States Environmental Protection
    Agency on a private research work. So i need someone who could help
    me take care of house by doing some house work while am off to work.
    Someone that will also help in running some errands.

    I will be offering you $375 weekly, I will be needing your services
    for three hours at any suitable time of yours, Mon, Wed and Sat. I
    believe you are fit for this position in as much you will prove
    yourself to be a reliable and good person.

    We have a financier that is based in the states and he will be
    handling the payment and some other expenses. So he will be the one
    that will be taking care of your payment. I will instruct him to send
    you a Certified pay check for the first week upfront before my arrival
    so as to secure your service, actually i should have paid for more
    weeks but i will extend the payment if am satisfy with your service
    after the first week and you must have a bank account to deposit the
    payment.

    I will also instruct my estate agent to mail the keys of the apartment
    to you so that you can do all other necessary preparations before we
    arrive… So my financier would be needing the following Information
    to make out the payments.

    FULL NAME:
    HOME MAILING ADDRESS:
    CITY,STATE,ZIP-CODE:
    CELL PHONE:
    BEST TIME TO CALL:
    AGE:
    Do you have an account?
    Do you accept my offer?

    All i need from you is total honesty and sincerity. I know you will be
    committed to the work. You will also have a nice period of working
    with my wife.

    I will be waiting to hear from you.

    Thanks

    I had fun messing with these s.o.b.s for a week while i reported them to every scam site possible and the F.B.I.

  4. James D. Shaw says:

    Here is the latest in the chain of scam emails to reach my email whilst searching for a position,

    Dear Applicant

    Thanks for your Email and interest toward the Job position on
    Craigslist. My name is williams, me and my family are relocating
    to the STATE from SPAIN .We are coming there to do some contract basis
    with my research for a Oil company {SHELL OIL} as i work presently
    with the shell oil here in SPAIN as a research contractor manager and
    we are relocating to the USA for 6 months on my research and
    arrangement has been made with my wife , uncle who has helped us to
    buy a house before he passed away last week , So i need someone who
    could work as a good housekeeper and cleaner …

    The duration of our stay in the United states will be 6 months, so i
    need someone who could help take care of the house, Help my Wife and
    watch my kids while am off to work also Someone that can help in
    running some errands. The basic reason for this post and search for an
    helper is because my wife is Physically challenged and has been on the
    wheel chair for about 13 months now so it’s been hard for her to take
    care of the kids and get around on her own.

    I’m willing to Pay $450 weekly plus $50 for transportation or gas fee,
    i will be needing your services between the Hours of 9:00am – 4pm
    daily, Monday – Friday and at any suitable time that fits your
    schedule but preferably in the afternoons …. I believe you will be
    fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself to be a
    reliable and good person.

    As of now, I am still unsure of the Physical address of the apartment
    where i will be staying but will instruct The estate agent to mail the
    keys/Address of Our apartment to you as soon as the place is ready so
    that you can do all other necessary preparations before Our arrival, I
    have reasons to believe that the painter and electrician are working
    on getting the apartment fixed and ready for use.

    I will email you the shopping list as soon as i have gotten
    confirmation that you have received the payment. That being said,my
    financial would be needing the following Information to make out a
    check payment to you immediately upon your acceptance of the Job:

    Name to be on Check :
    Address :
    City :
    State :
    Zip code :
    Age :
    Sex :
    Marital Status :
    Cell number very important:
    Email address:

    If myself and my wife are pleased with your service within 2 weeks,
    there will be other incentives. However, we need a more mature person
    that is above 17yrs of age who is very knowledgeable to handle things
    without much supervision.

    I will be waiting to hear from you.

    Best Regards.

    }

    The email it came from is William.Wyatt223@gmail.com

  5. Emily says:

    Yes me Too here it is:

    Hello I am glad to tell you that i am okay with your interest as regardsthe Cleaner job,also for accepting the offer.
    I have contacted my wifeconcerning the job and for other purpose which she might need youfor,which she told me is okay by her,i believe you are fit for thisposition in as much you will prove yourself a reliable and goodperson.Am James and am happily married to a lovely wife Mrs Carrie, We have two kids ages 10yrs ,8yrs and we are expecting another babybecause my wife is pregnant now. We are relocating to the City fromScotland, I will be coming there to work on contract basis with UnitedStates Environmental Protection Agency on a private research work.SoWe need someone who could help in cleaning our new apartmenteveryday.You will be working 4 hour everyday at your convenient timeand we will be offering you $300 Weekly, I hope 4 hours is enoughis clean a 3 bedroom house with one master bedroom and two standardsize rooms, with One Living room and a kitchen as well. I believe youare fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself to be areliable and hard working person,Our arrival date would be 4th ofApril. You will start working on same day.You will help us to cleanthe apartment in the morning of our arrival date,I will tell theestate agent to mail the keys to the apartment to you and the homeaddress so that you can be able to clean it on the day before wearrive. I want know if there’s any equipment that you will need me toprovide, if there’s any let me know how much it will cost, I will bespending about 2yrs for the contract job, so we will be needing yourservices for that time as well if am satisfied with the services yourendered. We have a financier that is based in the states and he willbe handling the payment and some other expenses, so he will be the onethat will be taking care of your the payment,

    I will instruct him topay for the first One weeks before our arrival so as to secure yourservice, actually i should have paid for more weeks but i will extendthe payment if am satisfy with your service after the two weeks. Somy financier would be needing the following Information to make outthe check . Name to be on CheckAddressCityStateZip codePhone numbersDid you accept our offer? I know you will be committed to the work,You will also have a niceperiod of working with us and you are welcome to our family , I willbe waiting to hear from you Regards,James Tuner

  6. Didntfall Forit says:

    Craigslist is to blame here. They are fully aware of this scam and they do nothing about it. I have received MANY emails from these disgusting assbags and have not fallen for a single one. Each time it is worded differently and the sender always has a name that consists of two first names.

    I did however give them the address to the white house 1600 pennsylvania ave to see what will happen; they replied as if they had no idea that I had just gotten them to send their scam check the the president. Since it is most likely one of his cousins he should appreciate it. I do not want to be unkind but I smelt a rat the first time and wish that so many people were not so trusting of strangers on the internet. None of you are stupid, you were simply ignorant. But now you know, and knowing is half the battle.

  7. Cody says:

    i got an email very similar but he used the name Kelvin Rolland

    How are you doing,I’m sorry for getting back to you late,but I’m glad to tell you that the check has been mailed to you and will be delivered to you today and as soon as you receive the check,just deposit it through your bank ATM,but if you dont have a bank ATM,you can take it to your bank and deposit it in your account,and the money will be available in your account within 24 hours,so you can go and withdraw the money and then deduct your pay ($400),and get the remaining money sent to the mover through western union,the check is mailed via UPS courier service.This is the address of my house 104 Woodbine St, Hopkinsville KY ,and i hope its not too far from you.As soon as you send the movers money the keys will be sent to you by the mover so that when you are through with the cleaning of the house,the mover will be able to move in my furniture.
    This is the mover’s information which you are to send the money to through western union
    Name: Terry L Ruble
    Address: 995 walsh drive
    City: Newark
    State: OH
    Zip code: 43055
    As soon as you send the money,email me the below information immediately:
    MTCN:
    Name of Sender:
    Address of Sender:
    City:
    State:
    Zip code:
    Amount Sent:
    Thanks
    Mr Kelvin

    the address for the “movers” isnt even real! im nervous because i gave him my address. i think once i get the check i am going to take it to the police station.

  8. jleeannexo says:

    The same thing JUST happened to me.. I actually cashed the check.. But didn’t send it western union because I don’t trust anyone.. Thank god my lack of trust finally paid off.. The bank ended up calling me and I went back down there and gave them their money.. I really feel like an idiot.

  9. Joanna says:

    THIS IS WHAT I GOT!

    Thanks for your email toward the house keeper position i post on Craigslist, I’m so sorry for the late response to your message,It’s great opportunity to have your mail and i will be looking forward to read back from your prompt response,.I’m Alisa
    Robert by name and I’m happily married to a lovely Man Mr Robert..We have two
    daughter ages 12yrs & 8yrs they’re name her ( Cynthia & Ann),We are relocating
    from Canada to USA.with the arm of running a Pharmacy store. As we would be
    new to the environment we would Need a House Cleaners to start latest by 01-05-
    2012(relocation date)to clean the apartment. Must have experience with young
    children and good references.A need you to be able to clean, and help with our two
    children so to be very honest,trustworthy and happy please reply with your work
    experience..The pay is $450 per week for 6hrs
    of work a day from Monday and Thursday only. You help us to clean the apartment
    in the morning of our arrival date,I will tell the Art Seller to email the keys to the
    apartment to you so that you can be able to clean it on the day before we arrive. I
    will instruct my Cohort who brought some firming drugs from me to pay for the
    first one week before our arrived,..so as to secure your service, actually i should have
    paid for more weeks but i will extend the payment if am satisfy with your service
    after the one week, the apartment occupies the entire floor of the building with
    direct access via the elevator. So my financier would be needing the following
    Information bellow to make out the check Living and dinning room: 21×12 square
    feet 10×9 square feet If you think you can handle this clean-up perfectly and all the
    details as explained, kindly get back to me with the following information:We
    require from bellow!

    Full Name……………
    Full Home address…………..
    State and City……………
    Zip Code……………………
    Home phone……………
    Cell phone………….

    I will be waiting to hear from you if you need any assist to help your preparation
    you can also contact me through
    email!
    Thanks!

    Alisa Robert.

    — On Mon, 12/26/11, Joanna adkins wrote:

    From: Joanna adkins
    Subject: RE: CLEANER
    To: aloraclord01@yahoo.com
    Date: Monday, December 26, 2011, 2:47 PM

    Name:
    Joanna Adkins

    Address:
    300 Snowy Owl
    Kuna, ID 83634

    Cell Phone:
    208-360-5455
    Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2011 03:00:05 -0800
    From: aloraclord01@yahoo.com
    Subject: RE: CLEANER
    To: joannaadkins@live.com

    We require from bellow!

    Full Name……………
    Full Home address…………..
    State and City……………
    Zip Code……………………
    Home phone……………
    Cell phone………….

    I will be waiting to hear from you if you need any assist to help your preparation you can also contact me through
    email!
    Thanks!

    Alisa Robert.

    Thanks for your email toward the house keeper position i post on Craigslist, I’m so
    sorry for the late response to your message,It’s great opportunity to have your mail
    and i will be looking forward to read back from your prompt response,.I’m Alisa
    Robert by name and I’m happily married to a lovely Man Mr Robert..We have two
    daughter ages 12yrs & 8yrs they’re name her ( Cynthia & Ann),We are relocating
    from Canada to USA.with the arm of running a Pharmacy store. As we would be
    new to the environment we would Need a House Cleaners to start latest by 03-01-
    2012(relocation date)to clean the apartment. Must have experience with young
    children and good references.A need you to be able to clean, and help with our two
    children so to be very honest,trustworthy and happy please reply with your work
    experience..The pay is $450 per week for 6hrs
    of work a day from Monday and Thursday only. You help us to clean the apartment
    in the morning of our arrival date,I will tell the Art Seller to email the keys to the
    apartment to you so that you can be able to clean it on the day before we arrive. I
    will instruct my Cohort who brought some firming drugs from me to pay for the
    first one week before our arrived,..so as to secure your service, actually i should have
    paid for more weeks but i will extend the payment if am satisfy with your service
    after the one week, the apartment occupies the entire floor of the building with
    direct access via the elevator. So my financier would be needing the following
    Information bellow to make out the check Living and dinning room: 21×12 square
    feet 10×9 square feet If you think you can handle this clean-up perfectly and all the
    details as explained, kindly get back to me with the following information:We
    require from bellow!

    Full Name……………
    Full Home address…………..
    State and City……………
    Zip Code……………………
    Home phone……………
    Cell phone………….

    I will be waiting to hear from you if you need any assist to help your preparation
    you can also contact me through
    email!
    Thanks!

    Alisa Robert.

    Hello How are you doing ? I hope you are doing well ? I am emailing you regarding the payment coming to you which will deliver to you latest Monday, I want you to email me once you receive the payment for further instruction on what to do with the excess funds on the payment, I hope you can handle this and i believe we can trust you ? Please don’t let us down! I will email you the tracking number of the payment as soon as i have it so you can also track the movement and monitor the delivery of the payment to you. I want you to know that the furniture and arts balance payment is included to the payment sent to you, so when you receive it you will deduct your first week advance payment and help us forward the rest of the furniture and arts accountant officer same day so they can come for the deliver of our Arts and Furniture’s, I will email you more instructions as soon as possible.

    The Entire Family of Roberts are wishing you Happy 2012 in Advance !!!

    My regards

    Alisa Robert.

    I fell for it toooo!

  10. FishTank says:

    Not a single person has yet explained how the entire scam works. Is everyone here a complete moron? All of you posted your E-mails that you received and a few got to the point of receiving a check. Wow, Not one person explains what these people are doing. So for those of you who want to know, here it is my story.

    About 3 weeks ago i posted an ad for house cleaning services on Craig’s list. I too got one of these to good to be true messages. That are similarly wrote by complete idiots who do not know how to use proper English. Foodstuffs huh? has anyone referred to food as Foodstuffs. WTF to that. Anyways, I e-mailed the guy back and forth and I eventually got a check sent via- Fed Ex for $3150. Which Im supposed to take $450 for the cleaning + $50 for supplies + another $50 for time to cash the check. So $550 total for me and the remaining $2600 Im supposed to transfer to the painter Who is supposed to give me the key for the job when he gets paid. I live in Detroit and the painter has a California address. A little Strange huh?

    Ok so my story sounds familiar rite? Good who gives a sh1t ! This is whats going on. If any of you are worried about it being some kind of Identity theft, don’t be (Don’t let your gaurd down either). These people are obviously not that intelligent. All they got from me was a name and address and phone number. No biggie there. They need that information to send you a check. I’m assuming your all smart enough not to randomly give out your social.

    This is were they get you if you lack common sense.The check will most likely be from a bank no were close to you so you use your personal account. This is the trick, Its just a numbers game. these thieves are doing this on a grand scale getting paid by the small % of you that send them back money from your own account that you used to cash a check that has not cleared yet. That will actually come back as fraudulent. Then uh oh its to late you got suckered. Way to go dumbass. Always make sure it clears first or better yet do what I Did and call the bank the check is drawn off of and see if it is legit before using a bank account.

    When I became suspicious of this whole ordeal I thought the check would be legit and the cleaning part was a hoax and someone was trying to use me to launder money. if you think about it this whole process would work great for that. All of us would of actually got PAID illegally !!! LOL

    I hope You all get the big picture now

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