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CNA/Caregiver SCAM on craigslist

Hello all!  I am writing this because I have received two separate scam responses in the past week, after applying to two different posts for CNA/Caregivers on craigslist in Colorado.  I have included as much information as I thought might be necessary to indicate how this scam works.  Unfortunately, I replied to the first request for information, and I did not catch on until I received the subsequent response.  Then I did some research, and lo and behold, this scam has been going on across the country for years … Be careful, and report it when you find it.

The first post I applied to was for an “Experienced Part Time Caregiver Needed” … this is the response …

Hello Applicant,
How are you doing today am so sorry for my late response. I have
received your resume message. Am Francesca Catino, my sister Linda Mary
will be coming from United Kingdom and she will be moving on
29th of Febuary. 2012. she is 26 Years of age. 140lbs and 5.8ft. she
speaks English fluently. We really need you to be honest
and trust worthy in this work. The work basis are below:–You are to be checking on My Sister at least 4 times in a week for
proper caring and to know how well about her health and i think you
have little medical experience.

–You will be earning $500 for 1 week of handling this work properly.
–You will be driving her to hospital when she need arise for proper
medical check up at least once in a month and if you don’t know how to
drive, you will hire a car.

–Your working days will be Mon,Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.You
will have to prescribe the convenient hrs during each of this days
which will not affect your other regular work as this will be a part
time work for you and if you want to live with her in the house for
other assistance there will be no problem. So kindly provide me your
full  name and mailing address so that we can ensure the housing agent
get her an  apartment which will be more closer to your house and I
hope about 10 miles  will not be too far for you. Also we will be
paying you the first week wages upfront via a Certified Check because
you will help her to get some medical tools like one touch basic
machine,acu-check machine and test trips in any nearest pharmacy store
around. So I want you to feed me back with the following details so that we
can ensure you are ready for the work.

HERE ARE THE DETAILS I WANT YOU TO EMAIL BACK SO THAT THE
CHECK CAN GET YOU:

First name……………….
Last name…………………
Door step street address……………
City……………………..
State…………………….
Zip/Postal code……………
Age……………………….
Home phone………………..
Cell phone…………………
Current  position in Occupation………..

I will be sending you her living address very soon so that you will
know where you will be working. I will give you her living address once
the rental agent find her a suitable house. I will be awaiting your
email soonest and we can proceed as you can understand that the date
is getting approach.

Best Regards.

When I replied with the requested information, along with several questions, this was the response …
Hello Again,

Thank you for the information’s.  I received your information’s and i
have forward them to my financier to have the funds sent to you immediately,
the check is already mail out by my financier to the address you  gave to me.You
are going to receive a check of $2,850, The payment include the Rental
Agent fees and the money is the Rental Agent will use to come over
from his own state to locate you  and give you the key of the
apartment, What you are going to do as soon as you receive  the
payment you will deduct your money and send the rest to my sister
Rental Agent via Western  Union Money Transfer in the same day you
receive the payment, so that the rental agent can start coming
immediately to give you the key of the apartment and i will be
awaiting for your email if you understand everything in this email.

Regards.

I will include the other response, which was from a different post on craigslist, but is another variation on this scam in the comments below.  Best of luck to all of you.  I hope this prevents anyone else from being fooled.

Scam reported at FightTheScams.com


7 Comments on “CNA/Caregiver SCAM on craigslist”

  1. jenn says:

    I received this response after applying to a post on craigslist for “Certified Nursing Aide Needed” …

    Thanks for showing interest.My name is Knoor. I and My Sister we are planning on moving from (Macon GA) to your cities and
    we will be moving 10th of Mar relocation date but i will be needing you to help my Sister in a care giving position and little house keeping work her name is
    Bridgett. I am a business man and my Business does not allow me to do this for her my business involves a lots of traveling and . She is 55yrs old of age,
    she is an Epilepsy (seizure) woman, 150lbs and 5.8ft. She speaks English fluently.I really need you to be honest and trust worthy in this Position.
    The work basis/duties are below: Help her with bathing, she can lift her self up, help her wear her clothes, house chores and you will also help her in
    making sure she use her medicines on daily basis and to also known how well her health is and i believe you have little medical experience but if not is not
    really necessary ?

    - You will be earning $500 weekly for handling this job properly.
    - You will be driving her to hospital when she is needed for medical check up which and if you don’t know how to drive, you will hire a taxi for her.
    – Your working days will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Weekend shift also is available no Night shift. You will have to prescribe the convenient hours
    during each of this days which will not affect your other regular work in case you have one as this will be a part time work for you and if you want to live
    with her in the house for other assistance there will be no problem. So kindly provide me with the requested information bellow so that we can ensure the
    Leasing Agent get her an apartment which will be more closer to your house and I hope about 6 miles will not be too far for you. Also we will be paying you
    the first week wages upfront via a Check because you will help her to get some medical tools like one Touch basic machine and Acu-check machine in any
    nearest pharmacy store around. So I want you to feed me back with the following details so that we can ensure you are ready for the work.

    1. Full Name
    2. Mailing Address,
    3. City
    4. State and Zip Code
    5. Phone Number
    6.Age, Sex and marital status.

    I will give you her living address once the Leaser agent find her a suitable house. Will be awaiting your email soonest and we can proceed as you can
    understand that the date is getting approach.

    Best Regards

    Knoor

  2. Jenn says:

    So, this is how this scam is playing out … In addition to numerous other ploys, posted from the same email address, for numerous other “positions of employment”, I received an over-night package from FedEx today, and the following email …

    Good Day,

    How are you doing today ?
    Good New i want to inform you that the payment will delivered to your
    location today, So here is the tracking number of the package sent to you via
    Fedex Courier Service ( xxxx9901xxxx ) i want you to follow the instructions
    below once it is been received by you.

    Here is the instructions to follow :

    1, You are to get the check cashed instantly or deposit it into your
    Bank account and withdrawn the Rental Agent funds immediately
    2, Deduct your first salary which is [ $500 ] plus extra [ $50 ] for
    the running around and you are to have the rest funds of [ $2,300 ]
    sent to my rental agent via western union money transfer
    3, The western union charges should be deducted from the rest fund you
    are sending to the Rental Agent And get the rest Money sent to the
    Rental Agent

    information below via Western Union Money Transfer: -

    NAME…..Allan Walker
    ADD……..315 Fulton Ave
    CITY…….Weeki Wachee,
    STATE……Florida
    ZIP CODE..34613

    And email me with this details below after you wire the funds to the
    Painter Via Western Union Money Transfer.

    Sender’s Full Name & Address
    Money transfer Control Number ( 10 digits number on Western Union receipt ):
    Amount sent after all charges:
    A scan copy of western union receipt.(optional)

    Note:…You will be working within your state…So i want you to get
    this done today and email me back with transfer details asap. And once you get
    this complete and email with the required details. Thanks and have a nice day.
    Waiting to read back from you soonest.. Stay Blessed.

  3. Corey says:

    Yep. This is a check kiting scam every time.

  4. Jenn says:

    So, I have contacted my state’s Attoney General, the local police department, and the Consumer Protection website regarding this scam, and the unanimous decision is that this scam is occurring across state and national borders, therefor there is very little that can be done. ! However, I continue to receive emails from these folks. I have received the following email three times this week …

    Hello

    Why Big silent since, i need to hear from regarding the
    rental agent funds, please have the money sent to the rental agent via
    Western Union in a minute sent and do email me the transfer details as
    soon as you have everything done I will looking forward to your email now,
    Then don’t to try scam. before i can report you to FBI and CIA as a
    Internet scammed okay. Get back to me now.

  5. placeme35 says:

    Yep received the same scam but im from Illinois and this person name is nancy reeves the sister is a 72 yr old name lolla Johnson my check is for 2700 and I applied for this job on careerbuilder.

  6. shimmy says:

    I applied for a job on craigslist for a CNA caregiver and got a response. I sent the information requested and received another email saying I would be getting a check UPS for $2850 and to buy medical supplies after taking my salary out. I was excited but never recv’d a check. Then today I recv’d another job offer similar to the first offer but with different names but same info. It sent up a red flag because I only applied to one job!! BEWARE

    Here’s the email(I live in New Orleans, La.):

    Hello Shamyra,
    Good Morning, Thanks on your interest in the CNA position, I hope my reply isn’t too late. It’s my pleasure to have your response and I will be looking forward to reach a mutually and beneficial agreement with you. My immediate elder sister will be coming from New Hampshire, NH; and she will be moving on 7th of July 2012. She is 69 Years of age. 140lbs and 5.8ft. She speaks English fluently. We happily lived together before I moved for a contract reason. I really need a patience person to take over this Position. Your job is as follow; you will be checking on her at least 2-3 times weekly for proper care, to know about her well being and to monitor her health status, this would lead to effecting your medical ability. I am sure you should have some medical experience?

    Requirement| Compensation and Work days

    * You will be earning $320 weekly.

    * Your working days are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and sometime Saturdays.
    * You will be driving her to the hospital for medical checkups when necessary (At least twice monthly) If you can’t drive, you will hire a car.

    You are to schedule your convenient hours during the listed above days, which should not affect your regular jobs, since this will be a part time offer and if you would like to live with her in the house for other assistance that won’t be a problem. An estate agent has actually gotten an apartment for her in New Orleans, LA, but according to the estate agent, the tenant who occupies the space would vacate the apartment before the end of the month, so my sister could pack in first Saturday in July.

    You would be receiving your first week wages upfront via check and also you will assist with buying some medical supplies; like one touch basic machine, acu-check machine and test trips in any nearest pharmacy store around. Kindly advise with your physical address details below, so as to ensure delivery of payment and to assure my sister on your readiness and commitment..\

    Full Name: |Physical Address: | City: | State: | Zip Code: | Cell Phone:| Home Phone: |Gender: | Marital Status: | Present Job Status/Position
    I am awaiting your prompt response with the above requested detail, and if you have any suggestion do not hesitate to contact me.

    Sincerely

    Fredrick Brooke

    Welfare Officer

    Apex Realty Group

    2026 Valley Hwy

    Acme WA

    98220-9635

    Tel: (517) 798-6771 (SMS preferred)

    Email: Lordfredb112@usa.com

  7. ushaka12 says:

    I got this one. WATCH OUT. He says he has a father with Parkinson’s and he is relocating him.

    Hello,

    How are you today? Please forgive my delayed response. I am a Site
    Engineer and most of my construction work is usually done at night while I
    sleep mostly during the day. So whenever I can,I do all my internet and
    computer businesses at once. So most times,I’ll try to jam-pack as much
    information as I can in my emails to you so expect them lengthy. I also
    will,always try to be in touch over the phone and otherwise. I assume your
    response means interest in the job and thanks for the willingness to cater
    for my father since you have shown interest in taking the job by answering
    my questions and providing my requested details. Also this email confirms
    that I may have considered you for the job but please read further before
    finally taking the job. A few more details and answers have been provided
    to your likely question below.

    In complement to my previous email,although this position is for a
    Caregiver(not a live-in),I’ll prefer if you could be more of a friend to
    him(my father). I really love him and want the best for him always. His
    name is Gabriel but he prefers to be called Gaby. He is aged 75,nice and
    responsive. I am his only child and will be the one employing you. I am
    relocating him to live on his own as his final retirement plan and wish and
    as soon as I get full details on where he will be living,I’ll let you know.
    I’ll like you to acquaint yourself with the details below and prepare
    yourself for them.

    -He likes to take a walk in the evening so if you are available,you can
    walk with him otherwise he should fine on his own..
    -He is a very good time-keeper so punctuality is a must.
    -Even at his age,he likes to arrange his clothes except when he is very weak
    -Then He loves the green-life(flowers).
    -If there are any few other things about him that you should know,i am sure
    he will inform you.

    I thought of calling you before this email just like I wrote,but felt I
    should tell you about who you will be working with first before we proceed
    further. That way when I call you,we can just go straight to the point and
    answer questions. Plus I am not too sure our timing-I sleep while you
    live…laugh. So pls prepare yourself for a brief phone interview just to
    confirm all you have written to me. I also think meeting in person will be
    okay as well but I’m not sure on how to go about that but as soon as I
    am,I’ll let you know. This is a real
    job and I hope you are serious about it??? Times are hard these days,and
    even getting a job and an honest person to work for you is harder so your
    utmost commitment, hard work and trust will be needed.

    My number has been provided below but I’ll prefer to receive a text
    message on it if possible. I wouldn’t want to be disturbed on field or when
    resting. But I sure will reply you once I can. This is about the little
    more details I can provide for now. Let me know if you are okay with it or
    have any contributions to make to it.

    Thanks Again

    Gary
    (727) 851-6482

    This is the email he uses
    DONAVON WRIGHT
    bbinsty@gmail.com

    And this one on craigslist
    sarah93w@gmail.com via craigslist.org

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