Administrative Assistant or RE: Assistive Duties (Procurement Unit), Scam (5-31-18)

The following is a job offer scam. This scam starts off with an intro from the scammer stating that they represent USAID, then goes on to give information about the job.

To spot a scam like this, think is it too good to be true? Do you know the person offering the job? No one will offer a job without an interview. The various grammar issues are dead giveaways that this is a scam. If you have been reading the blog you will also see that the format of the scam email are almost exactly the same with a slight change in email address and employer name. All of these are signs of a scam.

If you have received this email please delete it.
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From: Virginia Commonwealth University career.hr@usaid.gov
Date: Thu, May 31, 2018 at 2:05 AM
Subject: Re: Administrative Assistant
To: Victim@vcu.edu

Dear Victim,

My name is David Ridenour and I work with the USAID, and my job is to provide part -time employments for qualified students during the academic year and beyond. I have contacted you because there is an opening for you at DRES and bellow are the lines from your potential employer:

My name is Dr. Walker Sidwell and I work as a clinical counselor for the department of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES). I provide individual and group therapy, coaching, assessment and academic screenings to support students with disabilities (physical, chronic, psychiatric, and invisible)registered with DRES. A large percentage of the students served by the mental health unit have psychiatric disabilities or co-morbid psychiatric disabilities and need mental health support to be successful at the university. In addition, many University of students with academic difficulties and no prior diagnosis are seen and assessed through the academic screening and assessment process. I also am the director of supervision, training and coordination of counseling psychology and clinical psychology graduate students of the United States who have practicums at DRES and APA-accredited school psychology pre-doctoral interns.

You have received this email to be considered for an offer from the University Office for Students with Disabilities to work with me. This is an at-will position that reports directly to me should you decide to accept the offer.

I care about Animal Welfare, Arts and Culture, Children, Civil Rights and Social Action, Education, Environment, Disaster and Humanitarian Relief, Social Services and lots more.
This is a very simple employment. You will only help me Mail letters, Make payments at Walmart and purchase some Items when needed. This employment only takes an hour a day and 3 times a week for $620 .00 weekly.I am unable to meetup for an interview because I am currently away and helping the disabled students in Canada.

You will be paid in advance for all tasks and purchased to be done on my behalf and some of my personal letters and mails will be forwarded to your residence or nearby post office for you to pick up at your convenience. Upon my arrival we will discuss the possibility of making this a long-term employment if I am impressed with your services while I am away. My arrival is scheduled for the last week of July, 2018.

To be considered for this position, contact your employer by replying this email With your:

Full name,
Current Residential Address,
Alternate email (different from school email) and Cell #.

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