Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fakes, phonies, scammers, and prostitutes

Digging through the want ads specifically the job postings I find a ton of non jobs that somehow turn into scams on further examination. I kid you not a job for laborer read: Wanted individual with truck tools and work boots with the following experience:

  • Have Tools
  • Drywall
  • Framing
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Painting
  • Tile
  • Floors
  • Carpet
  • Driver's License
  • Concrete
  • Carpentry
  • Etc.
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In addition said "employee" must schedule the work, take a down payment and send an invoice. All for $17 an hour with no benefits. So when you calculate that out you'd be making far less than minimum wage with all the headaches of running a business.

Then there's the work at home scams which work something like this: Make gazillions mailing letters from your home. How? By sending out letters like this telling people they can make gazillions at home by mailing out letters. But to receive our secret formula for doing that you'll need to send in $9.99 (no CODs) to our post office box in Detroit, MI.

Other scams - FREE SHIPPING BOXES!!! mouse print - when you sign up for our storage rental agreement.
Certified Nursing Assistant position - = training through our state certified course. What they don't tell you is that the training isn't paid and in some cases you pay to go there, so they land up with free labor as they run hundreds of folks through the program. I think we've all learned by now that free is never free unless it's some white elephant give away. Unless you can train it and dump it on somebody else you're stuck with it.

Additionally - We have women selling themselves via the pages of and craigslist although the latter has pulled much of their ads for that sort of thing. But the ads that are out there are far from discrete complete with "sexy" photos that is if you can stand the sight of a tad overweight middle aged females who didn't quite make it to the glass ceiling much less break through. No trophy wives in this lot. At $100+ per "date" I'm sure they're close to making the rent. After all so many have doubled and tripled up now to cut expenses.
And what are the post college age crowd doing to get by? Aside from emailing out enough resume's to stop a server dead in it's tracks they pass the hours tweeting, skyping, and in chatrooms trying to amuse themselves. Then of course there's the drugs and alcohol because after all what better way to forget your troubles.

It somewhat surprises me that I haven't seen more cons going on these days. The door to door type selling magazines that you never get or the phony building inspector. I guess with the web it's easier to hide and you can reach far more people with your Nigerian scam  than with phone or door to door. Although to their credit there are the robo calls from the Ukraine, I believe trying to get me to lower my credit card rates. And that makes me wonder exactly how my email address made it to their clutches. I never signed up for a weight loss program or an ED treatment in my life.


BBC said...

Never met a prostitute I didn't like, even if I couldn't afford her.

The Blog Fodder said...

Robo calls from Ukraine sounds cool. I'm innocent, I tell you; innocent.