Open Letter to The Scam Artist Who Contacted Me Through a Job Board
I was always taught to write a thank you note after an interview.
Dear Mr. Scammy,
I received your e-mail at just the right time. I was tired of my job and the fact that most people were working from home instead of the office.
I was intrigued by the reviews of the bar you said you were associated with.
Like many other people, I want to make $25 an hour working from the comfort of my own home, without having to be on a work phone.
Like many others, I would like the opportunity to choose my own schedule. Like you. I want the type of benefits you threw out there, like being reimbursed for travel expenses, a great 401k, and sick days.
I was so enthralled when you reached out through Ringtone for a chat. I like the idea of being able to type my responses because I get nervous sometimes over the phone.
It didn’t make me think twice that you only wanted to talk through chat or be contacted by e-mail. I don’t really need to hear your voice and tone at any part of my time working for you, right? I mean, you can be a robot for all I know and I wouldn’t have the first clue.
I am motivated by the idea of writing a response to 10 questions and getting a job offer email.
I especially love the fact that you pay your employees in a currency which is fairly new and I know nothing about.
However, I have a real can-do attitude and decided I could learn everything on the job.
I had a newfound respect for you when you requested downloading 2 apps on my phone, one of which required my bank account information. You seemed so casual about it.
The jitters in my stomach which wondered about proving information when I hadn’t accepted the position weren’t easy to overlook.
But, hey, you made it better when you told me you weren’t expecting so much scrutiny over my question.
That other people “on the team” have done it so why can’t I trust you with my information when I just met you less than an hour ago?
The documents you provided even almost fooled my husband- he told me that if it was a scam, it was a good one. I still didn’t feel reassured by you.
The next morning, I felt more hopeful so I went through with the information. Loved it when you told me to find the closest ATM for bitcoin. I would need to use it often. You also helpfully let me know that it would need to be funded from my own account.
I went along with it. Trying first a store that was closed. You were messaging me every half hour, so thoughtful, about whether I had arrived.
Encouraging me to try another one. Even after I had told you I was currently employed and didn’t leave a job until I knew I had a secure one.
You forgot to tell me that the option to register would not be there. The only option would be to add funds.
You got busted when a message came up that if a company or employer is telling you to buy currency, it was a scam. I thought of adding a dollar originally, not enough to steal.
Congratulations on scamming me out of five hours of my time- two in talking to you over chat and 3 running around and looking for the specific ATM.
I’ve always wanted someone who works so little to scam money that took me hours to make.
I’ve always wanted to feel that I was a failure as a job seeker because I was silly enough to trust my gut.
I’ve always wanted to doubt myself because I’m not stupid enough to trust someone who will not conduct a voice or phone interview.
However, you taught me 3 important lessons when job seeking:
- to trust my gut about what feels fishy. To know when I feel comfortable and to ignore what doesn’t do that for me
- research a company. Even if you can find a related company, if it’s not the same thing or even reviews, it doesn’t count.
- screen companies you find on job boards just as carefully as they screen you.
Congratulations, you taught me something I should have already known. I just feel sorry for the people who didn’t question anything you were telling them.
A hard worker who needs to learn to trust her gut more.