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I've posted my interest in an agricultural internship on Craigslist, and received several replies very similar to the one attached below. I'm 99.9% that these are not legit (or scams), but I was truly wondering if anyone knew WHY THEY ASK FOR THE PERSONAL INFORMATION? Thanks for your help!! Here is the most common type of reply that I receive: Hi My name is Adams Am contractor.I can see your advert in Craigslist.org that you are looking for work.You might interested? i have a very good flexible hour job if you interested,can you something apart from the job u are looking for,someone capable and reliable Personal Assistant.with good salary.I live at 2515 Park Dr,Abbotsford, BC V2S 4C5, Canada.I would love to meet up with you to talk about this job but I am currently away on a business trip.I need a capable Personal Assistant..I am sorry for my late responding It was due to the Democratic Crisis going on in Cairo and I had to supervise and stay with Orphans at the Charity Homes.... I am glad things is getting solved. I'm looking for someone that can be trusted and reliable to work very well with good understanding as my Personal Assistant. I am a building Construction... Building homes and shelter for Orphans in and across country. This position is home-based and flexible hour, working with me is basically about instructions, shopping 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. As my Personal Assistant, your activities amongst other things will include; Primary Responsibilities: * Creating orders / pick slips / invoices / credit memos. * Processing return authorizations for customers as needed. *Running personal errands, *supervisions and monitoring. *Scheduling programmes, flights and keeping me up to date with them. *Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence while I'm away. Making regular contacts and drop-offs on my behalf. Handling and monitoring some of my financial activities..Basic wage is 300$ Weekly. I'm sure you'll understand I tend to have a very busy schedule at this point as I am presently in Cairo building homes for Orphanage and I will be back in a month.. Please note that this position is not office based for now because of my frequent travels and tight schedules, it's a part-time work from home for now and the flexibility means that there will be busier weeks than others. I have been checking my files and i'll need you to run some errands for me this week for Orphans. I will have some funds sent to you to complete the assignment,i will get you more information on that, I will like you to get back to me with your Contact Details such as: Personal Information Full Name : Address (PO BOX not allowed): City: State: Zip Code: Sex: Age: Nationality. Cell Phone Number. Residential Phone Number: Present Job: The employee,acknowledged the Detailed Job Description and signed ______________________________ (First Name and Last Name of Employee). Once I have the details above will contact immediately. Regards, Adams

Asked By: - 2/19/2011
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
100% scam, all of them, you are correct... More
Answered By: Buffy Staffordshire - 2/19/2011
Additional Answers (8)
Yes. http://www.craigslist.com/about/scams
Answered By: I bark like a Terrier! - 2/19/2011
 
First sign of a scam is crappy spelling and grammar. This has both of those in every single sentence. SCAM
Answered By: You heard it here first Folks!!! - 2/19/2011
 
Too long here, too long for a reply. If you think it`s a scam it`s a scam, better things await.
Answered By: jimmy831831 - 2/19/2011
 
This is what id thiefs call fishing. They send these generic emails out to anyone looking for work. I'm surprised it doesn't ask your SS#. You can respond, but tell him youre bir giving him all your personal information when he is not even in the country. More than likely, he is not who claims to be at all.
Answered By: MM - 2/19/2011
 
you can never really tell what's real or not with craigslist. i personally don't trust the site and all the "ads" posted on it and the whole craigslist killer thing back in 2009 just strengthens my thoughts on it. but that's just me. (:
Answered By: Chris Padolski - 2/19/2011
 
Why do they ask for personal information? Identity theft.
Answered By: Bill M - 2/19/2011
 
These are definitely scams. You can tell because in the line "can you something apart from the job u are looking for" in a real e-mail they would never abbreviate you for "u". Also the saving the children thing shows it is fake, if he was on a business trip he wouldn't of told you his personal were a' bouts in a hiring... More
Answered By: d dos - 2/19/2011
 
YES IT IS A SCAM. They want your personal information to steal your identity. A employer would never ask personal info via email. They will first off NEVER give you their life story either. 2nd of all they gave you their "their" home address but wont leave a phone number and want you to email them your personal info... More
Answered By: mandistoy4runner - 2/19/2011
 
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