Monday, November 1, 2010

Another Craigslist Scammer


Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your recent application to join the Bloomberg L.P. team as our new office assistant, and my apologies for the delay in getting back to you.

We are currently receiving an increased number of applications, and as such we are asking that all potential employees correspond with us through the platform. Please click the following link to proceed:

Once you have entered your contact information and uploaded your resume a member of our human resources department will get back to you within 24 hours.

We look forward to your response.

Yours Sincerely,

Anthony Scott
Human Resources Director

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The insidious thing about these emails is that while there are a lot of visible warning signs, the looking-for-work reader is afraid of actually passing up a legit job offer. In order to be sure of his course of action, he has to waste a lot of time confirming his fears.

This was more difficult than before, since there wasn't anything hoaxy turning up on Anthony Scott or Bloomberg-America (the hyphenated name should have been an immediate tip-off), but nor was there anything at all showing up. Only after pasting some text from the body of the email did I find someone else who had gotten a similar offer, from a "Kevin West" representing "Thomson Reuters USA."

This makes two out of three blind Craigslist ads to end up bogus. I wonder when I'll be hearing from that "travel company" that's "near embassy row and shares a building with the Chinese Embassy’s visa office."


  1. You probably already know this, but if not, check out these sites for media/publishing jobs:

    Publisher's Lunch:

    Association of American Publishers:

    Professional Scholarly Publishing:


    Since you mention that you're a cartoonist, have you considered jobs in medical/technical illustration? No, not the same as a steady gig at the New Yorker, but it might pay the rent.

    Sorry if you already know all of this. I'm just thinkin' that if you apply for jobs at sponsored websites you might have less of a problem with scams.

  2. Thanks for the leads. Luckily I only did three blind submissions, at the beginning of this process, so there should be only one more.