Thanks for your blog and other news about Internet Cafes in Nigeria. I placed an ad in Craigslist to do tutoring in statistics. I got a short message back in response to the ad from Solomon Vendy (Solomon Vandy was a name used in Blood Diamond) asking me if I was still interested in the job. I responded with yes and then I got the following. I was suspicious because this had nothing to do with tutoring. The handle on the email is Solomon Vendy. Googling the name I came up with your blog and some other information. There was a Nigeria connection which confirmed that I was probably being scammed. Note the same information is requested that was entered on your blog.--- the email from Solomon Vendy follows ---
Thanks for having your blog.
Thanks for your Email and interest toward the Job position on Craigslist. My name is Patrick Santos, I am married with 3 kids. We are relocating to the US from United Kingdom. The purpose of our relocation to the United States is basically because of the Seminar on United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), 6th meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions (WG8J 6), and the North American industry association Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) in partnership with the World Green Roof Infrastructure Network (WGRIN).
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 $400 weekly plus $50 for transportation or gas fee, i will be needing your services for only 5 hours daily and at any suitable time that fits your schedule but preferably in the afternoons between 12 noon and 7pm, Mondays through Fridays.. I believe you will be 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 United 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 as well, I will instruct him to pay for the firsts week before our arrival so as to secure your service, actually i should have paid for more weeks but i will extend the payment if am satisfied with your service after 2 weeks.
My financier will be making out a check to you before our arrival, you will be receiving a check of $1,976.00 out of which you will be deducting your pay for the firsts week and you will be using the remaining to buy Groceries/Food Stuffs and other things needed in the house, you will be getting this Food Stuffs before our arrival date which is on or before April 29.
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 financier 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 :
Home address or Office Address :
Zip code :
Phone number very important:
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 18yrs of age who is very knowledgeable to handle things without much supervision.
I will be waiting to hear from you.
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