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Can you tell the difference between a great job and a great scam?

I recently posted an ad on Dallas Craigslist to get rid of some old belongings. I received plenty of unsolicited emails back from that ad, but this one in particular stood out:

 Hello great day
Ive seen your ad on craigslist... Might thought ill drop you an email and help you..
Do you currently have job right now? cause I know its hard to get a job this days but me and my sister are doing this for 4 months now since i quit my day job..
It make my life really easy trust me. actually my friend just told this to me.
and it really helps me alot actually i already quit my day job when i start doing this.
i like helping people but i want to help people who want to help themself.
ok so the thing that im talking about is called google kit
all i did is get the google kit and then when google send me the kit after that week
trust me im already making 200 to 800 a day..its not that hard i cant even believe it either. it really shock me
when i recieve my first check after a week I got the google kit..
thats why i want to help you without expecting in return.
it really change my life imagine not going to your day job every day?
and your earning more than your day job just following this easy steps?
anyway this is their page
Like i told you it already make me up to 800 a day. it really change my life so its worth a try at least.
Just implement the steps as soon as you recieve your kit and you will achieve this success that everybodys looking for.
its really a great way to start the year.. if you have questions just email me anytime.
Hope you have achieve this success like i did.
Have a good day.. And Hope you Success!
So, let’s review some tip offs from this email:
Google is a real company. It’s one of my very favorite organizations and I would probably sell a body part just to work for them. However, this company is NOT Google! Just because a reputable, authentic company name is in the web address doesn’t make it a website operated by that company. 
Grammar. An authentic job offer or job lead isn’t going to look like it came from your 7 year old nephew. 
Reality check. If this guy is really making $800 a day, why the heck would he be telling everyone about it?
When in doubt, check it out: You can visit one of the websites listed below to see if other have posted concerns/complaints about a company. And of course, you could also visit your favorite search engine and enter the web address. It should come up with both the website and what others have said about the company that runs the website. 
No matter how you decide to do your due diligence, you should always have a buyer beware attitude when something looks too good to be true.

Michelle currently serves as a Job Search coach helping professionals make the leap from looking to landed. In addition to her time spent coaching individuals, she delivers a variety of training sessions from Social Networking, Working with Recruiters, Online Resume Posting, and Interview Prep.
Michelle possesses over 15 years of diverse experience in functional areas such as recruiting, human resources, coaching, training, organizational development, staffing, sales, sales management, retail, and banking/finance.
Prior to working as a job search coach, Michelle made her career in the Placement industry working most recently for the 2nd largest Staffing Company in the World. For this multi-national organization, Michelle served as an Agency Recruiter, Corporate Recruiter, Senior HR Manager, and Area Vice President. During her tenure with this organization, Michelle was also tasked with various Organizational Development programs including the creation of a company wide Career Progression Program. Michelle also served on the three person team that introduced a new “Gen Y” based hiring model that included a greater emphasis on college recruiting/branding and internships. As a result of this experience, Michelle considers her greatest strengths to be talent identification/retention, talent development, and coaching for performance improvement. 
In addition to these areas of expertise, Michelle is rapidly growing her knowledge base around Social Media and Web 2.0 as it relates to the work world. She writes a regular blog on job searching that can be found at: Want to connect to Michelle? 
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  • Cheryl 4 years ago

    This is great! I try to avoid these ads, but they always turn up somewhere else.

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