Im still jobless.
But thats nothing new.
So. I was on Craigslist list scouring for jobs like I do everyday - seven times a day - when I saw an ad for guest services at a local hotel. They even listed the pay which wasnt extravagant but was reasonable for the position. They gave an email (maybe a number, I dont recall) to contact. They didnt say you had to send your resume but I did anyway and a note about why blah blah Id like to be considered for the position. Not exactly a cover letter, just a note.
Anyway. The next time I checked that email I had a reply telling me to click the link and fill out the online application.
First page was pretty straight forward: name, address, SSN, phone number, MOTHERS MAIDEN NAME. I might have heard bells going off at that point but I kept going. (WTF?)
About four pages into this I was tired of clicking the box saying, 'no, I dont want to further my education' or 'no, Ive never plead guilty to any crimes'.
I x'ed out. I figured they either had what they needed or it was a scam. ~FAST FORWARD TO LAST NIGHT~
I was watching To Catch an ID-Thief
on MSNBC, staring our favorite: Chris Hansen.
Ive seen this show before - Ive seen ALL the 'To Catch a Donkey on Michigan Ave' shows - but I was hella bored and whatevs. And then I starting getting nervous. It hit me - I gave that website my NAME, ADDRESS, MOTHERS MAIDEN NAME AND SSN! MOTHERFUCKER!
Today, I went to check Craigslist for that ad again. I cant find it. STRIKE ONE.
I checked for the site I filled the app out on (Career Hub. Ive heard that name before but I remember if it was legit or scam central). I cant find an actual site, just subsidiaries and forums filled with people telling their scam stories w/ a warning. STRIKE TWO. I dont think I need a strike three at this point. :(
Ive been out of work for just about nine months! My three bank accounts have a grand total of $.74 in them. All my credit cards are maxed out and closed and Im pretty sure b/c I havent been able to make a payment since March, no bank is going to allow a new card to be opened in my name.
So. Theres that.
Chris Hansen is my savior.