CNA job scam? Please help - page 4

by magalipastor60 12,648 Views | 43 Comments

Hello, I have recently been looking though craigslist looking for a position as a CNA, recently I found a job posting that sounds great when I first read it, after looking into it, it didnt really make sense but I wanted to get... Read More


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    Note #1 on the list sounds VERY familiar
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    Most well heeled folks with that kind of money in the hypothetical situation listed in the scam have thier own personal private full time companion or two. If they go on vacation, they take the companion with them. Unless the person is a severe jerk, most keep the same companion for years.

    No one in thier right mind would pay some unknown person in a far flung state double the prevailing wage. If by the extremely remote chance they do have to get an out of state CNA for a trip, you bet they are going to deal with a local agency.


    Scam artist takes advantage of desperate folks who want a well paid "lay out" and do not understand the way the sitting game works.
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    Go ahead and call me mean, but I seriously cannot believe anyone is still unaware of this type of scam. They have literally been around for about a decade. TEN YEARS. Do people never read a newspaper, an online news site, listen to the news on the radio, or watch the news on TV? There have been dozens of stories about this exact scam in all these outlets.

    One of the main lessons for the OP should be to stop limiting her TV watching to crappy reality shows and tune into what is really going on in the world now and then.
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    Quote from duskyjewel
    Go ahead and call me mean, but I seriously cannot believe anyone is still unaware of this type of scam. They have literally been around for about a decade. TEN YEARS. Do people never read a newspaper, an online news site, listen to the news on the radio, or watch the news on TV? There have been dozens of stories about this exact scam in all these outlets.One of the main lessons for the OP should be to stop limiting her TV watching to crappy reality shows and tune into what is really going on in the world now and then.
    Some people aren't as computer savy as others and unfamiliar with Craigslist. The OP is an experienced CNA (8yrs in a hospital), but unexperienced with Craigslist. Scams like this happen all the time and always will because there will always be SOME unknowing person/prey to fall for it, AND some scum to put it out there in the first place. Not sure why you are assuming the OP only watches reality TV... One thing's for sure, this person won't fall for anything like that again
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    >>In the past 2 weeks, I have received over 12 similar emails all about the same thing. They all sounded the similar: Elderly Woman or elderly man. Age 69, 71, 74, 79, etc. All with either Diabetes or Hypertension. All moving, "close to my town". All with their own Estate Agents or Accountant. All willing to pay up front. All expecting that the CNA will "purchase" equipment needed for the patient.
    >>And all of them send the same second email. The second emails included the following: Name of the family member, diagnosis, medical needs/supplies, likes/dislikes, statements about the "money exchange" procedure, and concluded with asking for my Personal Information.
    >>Thankfully, I got smart about it. As soon as I realized that ALL of these emails were fabricated, I printed out each and every one. Then I responded to them, by stating the following:
    (I would love to go ahead with this plan. However, I will need the Agent or Accountant to contact me via email. I need to make sure that the address is close to me, so that I can make a schedule to see your family member. Also, I like to verify the existence of people before I enter into any type of agreement. You understand, don't you? I just like to be thorough. One can never be too careful in healthcare. WE MUST MEET IN PERSON, only then will I accept)
    >>I printed out the first and second emails that I got from these scams. I plan on making copies and sending these to the Better Business Bureau, as well as to the CareerBuilder corporate office. I don't know if these Scam artists can get away with this, but the idea of reporting the scams and involving the BBB, came to me from my local police department.
    >>I don't know if it will fix anything. I don't know what it might do. But I do know if yer dumb enough to give your information away to someone without meeting them IN PERSON, then you get whatever you dish out. Meaning, I'm not going to give things away to a stranger. I'm not such a dummy to email my personal information out to whomever is wanting it or asking for it. In the world of healthcare, you need to protect yourself! Randomly giving out your personal information through an email, is like handing you house keys to a robber.
    >>The way I operate is if you want to hire me to take care of someone, then we meet IN PERSON. To protect myself I make sure to meet people first, before I agree to anything! That's common sense! You have no idea if the Elderly woman, or the Diabetic man really exists. Why make a commitment without looking at ALL of the TANGIBLE facts?
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    My Aunt I was living with got an email scam like this. They told her that she was coming into millions of dollars if she deposited a check to her bank for 40 grand or something and then sent a fee for several hundred dollars for processing or something screwy. I have a copy of the check laying around somewhere. Anyway, I had worked in a bank before and told her NOOOOO. We made copies to keep in case they ever tried to find her using her address. The emails were getting pretty irate after they realized she wasn't going to do what they wanted.
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    Would never even think about looking for a job on Craig's list.
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    A very high percentage of these internet scams originate overseas. While calling the police and the BBB may be good ideas, there is likely very little that can be done since 1. These "companies" aren't real and just change their name on a whim. 2. Overseas accounts with wire transfers are extremely difficult to trace to a real person. The best thing you can do is educate yourself and others and report these scams to Craigslist when you see them.
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    Quote from adoRNo2b2015
    Would never even think about looking for a job on Craig's list.
    There are legit job postings, usually by small local companies seeking to fill a position without paying the fees associated with a nationwide online service. I advertised for a nurse once, got a few responses, nothing great

    Friend of mine once found a low level outside sales job that eventually led to promotions, relocations, good money.

    Just like anywhere else, you just need to be cautious and use common sense. And run away from any one who wants to blindly send you money...even though they never even met you.
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    I got the same thing got this email AUG 12, 2013

    Now Hiring Certified Nursing Assistant & Companion / Licensed Vocational Nurse

    .............
    I REPLIED BACK AND WAS ABLE TO TALK TO ***** ******* AS HE CLAIMS TO BE SAID ABOUT THE JOB AND INFO ABOUT HIS GRANDMOTHER MY MOM EVEN TALKED TO HIM ON THE PHONE ALSO I WAS SUSPICIOUS AND I WANTED TO DO RESEARCH FIRST SO I LOOKED AND FOUND EXACTLY THE SAME THING HERE IN YOUR POST

    I REPLIED DID THE SAME THING YOU DID EXCHANGED OF EMAILS

    THEN TODAY AUGUST 16, 2013 I GOT THE CHECK AMOUNT OF $2324.03 IN THE MAIL THROUGH PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS

    ***** bank
    ********TRUST COMPANY
    *********AVE. SUITE ****
    ********* ******KS 66210
    CHECK *******



    I AM REALLY NOT COMFORTABLE IN DEPOSITING THIS CHECK

    CHECK CAME IN WITH LETTER SAYING

    AUGUST 14 2013
    This letter is to confirm that you have accepted the caregiver position with ********. Enclosed is a check that includes your first weeks pay advance for services arranged with *******. Please deposit the check immediately and once it clears you will receive an email with theintructions from ********** regarding sending payment to his travel agent. This letter is not needed with your deposit.

    Sincerely
    *********, CPA


    ...

    fisrt of all why is it that I am the one who needs to make the deposit then send to his accountant? cant he send to his accountant directly?

    second..I never met her mother or what he/she looks like who in their right mind would immediately hire trust someone without even meeting or seeing them in person to take care of their mother or love ones???? who knows i may be a bad person ...

    3rd what are money orders are for??? why send money right away to someone whom youve never even met and why the whole process!???

    I just got back here in the US graduated nursing from the Philippines. I didn't take the nclex exam yet because I still can't. I need to get my CES first from CGFNS. I was applying on craigslist for jobs when i got into this

    its really upsetting there are so many people like us who are trying to look for a job make a living
    can someone help me what should I do with the check sent to me i dont even know if its a valid check or not :/ please
    Last edit by Esme12 on Aug 16, '13 : Reason: TOS/remove names/identifying information


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