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Angel Investment Network Scam
Warning. Recently there have been several job postings on sites such as Craigslist for a Personal Assistant position by someone who claims to work for Angel Investment Network. We would like to point out this person has nothing to do with our company and would obviously advise you not to respond to these listings. If you need further information, there are several discussions on www.complaintsboard.com on this subject.
If you have seen postings on CraigsList or several other online notice boards offering jobs with the Angel Investment Network, please let us know where you found these, and do not reply to them. These postings do not come from us, and we are looking at these matters to see if we can stop this from happening in the future, as this is obviously copyright infringement, which also tries to put our brand name at risk.
Please report any postings like this to us, and again, do NOT reply to these messages, as they are indeed a scam. We are not currently looking for any new employees at Angel Investment Network, but we do run a legit network of entrepreneurs and investors that look to connect with each other.
Most postings seem to originate on CraigsList and read like this, (though the name often changes):-----
Hope you're having a pleasant day
You contacted me to apply for the position which I advertised on Craigslist. Do take time to go through this introductory mail and feel free to pass any questions on.
My profile briefly:
I'm Brian Peterson (Or one of several other random names), 52, and a father of 2 wonderful kids, a successful entrepreneur and investor, a member of the Angel Investment Network. I'm also a research journalist and I travel every now and then within and outside the US working on various independent projects, this is why I need someone who can help keep up to date with all of my activities especially when I'm away and amidst my busy schedule.
I have had a previous PA who has been very commendable in her activities and who has been part of my life for the past 6 months, she has since moved on with her personal life and it has affected me in a way. I found her previously on the craigslist website and I sincerely hope I will be able to find someone again who will be as efficient as she has been. Please note that you are being hired only on a personal level. All correspondences would be made and promptly reported to me personally. The position is part time and home-based meaning you can work most times from your home as long as you have a regular internet access. You are also hired on a trial basis for now until we are able to see how well we fit in, this however does not affect your weekly wage.
Most of your activities will be carried out locally and most official packages will be delivered via posts. You will be actively involved in my personal, business and financial life.
In summary, your activities as my assistant amongst other things will include;
* Acting as an alternative telephone correspondence; * Running personal errands, supervisions and monitoring; * Organizing and maintaining diaries, memos and making appointments; * Dealing with incoming email, faxes and post; * Carrying out background research and presenting findings; * A personal reminder for Schedules, programs, flights and keeping me up to date with them as they come up; * Arranging travel and accommodation * Carrying out specific projects and research; * Taking on some of the my responsibilities and working more closely with management and other staff related to me; * Making regular contacts and drop-offs on my behalf. * Handling and monitoring financial activities. * Processing and taking charge of weekly payments and purchases. * You will also be a part of my household and a helping hand to issues as they arise. * General clerical activities.
Basic wage is $550 a week.
Any extra personal expenses (transport, gas, etc) incurred by you while on an errand or otherwise will also be reimbursed by me at the end of each working week.
This position is very flexible and it is difficult judging the exact number of hours you will be doing, just bear it in mind that there will be busier weeks than others with a steady pay. Working with me is basically about instructions and following them, my only fear is that I may come at you impromptu sometimes, so I need someone who can be able to meet up with my irregular timings. There is also a very sensitive issue on trust, dedication and accountability which I believe will resolve itself as time goes on.
This is only an introductory e-mail, as time goes on we should be able to arrange a proper meeting to get things started officially. I'm currently in England now for a project, however, I do have a number of things you could help me with immediately, prior to my arrival.
Due to the excessive number of responses to my Ad, do provide the following details about yourself for my personal record update and to filter applicants;
Full Names Full Contact Address City State Zip Code Phone Number (H) Phone Number (M) Occupation (if any) Sex Marital status Age
I hope you can be available for me immediately before I arrive, it certainly can act as a stable foundation to our impending working relationship.
Hope to hear from you again.
Regards Mike Peterson (or one of several other aliases they seem to be using)
Again, if this type of post looks familiar, please report it to us.