Congratulations!

Got this little jewel in my inbox today:

“Hello,

Congratulations! This is a tentative offer of employment for the available Administrative Assistant position in the corporate offices of Patron Tequila, Inc.

As you know, this position pays a generous salary, plus benefits, and also provides potential to earn additional bonuses and incentives throughout the year. We are hiring rapidly at this time, and are fully prepared to make you an employment offer, provided that you comply with the rest of the recruitment terms.

This is a full-time position. You will be responsible for assisting the VP of sales, filing, keeping track of interoffice expenses and supplies, reserving conference rooms, answering phones, planning travel for sales executives, payroll review, and other related tasks. Experience working as a receptionist, secretary, or administrative assistant is helpful, but not required as fully paid training is provided.

To accept these terms and move on to the final stage of the recruitment process, you must provide us with a current copy of your credit report to go in your employment file. Patron Tequila, Inc. has a zero-tolerance policy in regards to theft of company property. Your actual credit scores and payment history are not important to us; rather it is a means of verifying your identity, and will also serve as your acceptance of the position. Once you fill out the report, an email is automatically generated that notifies us of your acceptance of the position. Once we receive notification that you have completed the report, we immediately mail you new-hire paperwork along with times for the next orientation. Be sure to bring 2 forms of identification with you to the orientation.

Your free report can be obtained here: http://employer-reports.org/employee01985/

We are hiring very aggressively, therefore this tentative offer of employment will expire three (3) full business days after the date sent. If you choose not to accept the offer, or have any questions, please email me directly.

We appreciate your interest in joining the team at Patron Tequila, Inc. and hope you decide to come aboard!

Sincerely,

Sarah Pudwill-Bryson
Regional Manager, Human Resources
Patron Tequila, Inc.

This message contains information from Patron Tequila, Inc. that may be confidential and privileged. If you are not an intended recipient, please refrain from any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of this information and note that such actions are prohibited. If you have received this transmission in error, please notify the sender immediately.”

Really.
REALLY?!?

No phone call,
no interview,
and you’re going to hire me???

Oh,
wind up the choir of angels, y’all!
A faceless corporate entity is gonna hire my desperate ass!

…wait…did they just ask for my credit report?

This is the kind of scam that just makes my jaw drop–
no company has *any* right to that kind of information.
Credit reports include bank account numbers,
loans and lenders,
social security number…
essentially, it’s Identity Theft 101.

And what really makes me nuts?

There are so many, many people who will fall for it,
because they’ve been out of work for so long,
and so desperately need it.

I wish there was something more I could do aside from flagging on Craigslist.
Makes me want to reach out and punch someone.

ps (seriously, unless you have interviewed in person and signed a contract, don’t give out your driver’s license number, your social security number–NOTHING. these scams are way too common right now–you don’t want to be out of work *and* dealing with identity theft.)

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jessica
    Oct 22, 2010 @ 12:56:50

    That’s funny cause I got this same email….my thoughts exactly…really? Who in their right mind would send their credit/personal info for a position that they hadn’t even interviewed for, signed paperwork, etc. I contacted Patron coorporate and notified them of this scam. They are looking into it and doing everything to stop this scam!

    Reply

    • cheekypinky
      Oct 22, 2010 @ 13:05:12

      I have a feeling that they’ve been notified by a LOT of folks,
      which is great!

      I hate (haaaaaate) scammers….
      I may or may not have sent a “screw you” email back to “Sarah Pudwill”.

      Reply

  2. Alex
    Oct 23, 2010 @ 11:19:06

    I got this email also and reported it to craigslist on thursday… the ad is still up. Was Patron Spirits aware of the ad when you called them?

    Even thou I have reported this link it is running for several locations on craigslist. http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/ofc/2012476776.html

    It seems to be running in San Diego, Delmar and LA and in the past they also used an almost identical email for the Levis Strauss co.

    I posted into in more info to a site for a investigative reporter/attorney who looks into employment fraud.

    http://californiaemploymentlaw.net/investigativeguy-exposes-criminal-employers/comment-page-1/#comment-3348

    Reply

    • cheekypinky
      Oct 24, 2010 @ 17:53:39

      @Alex: Patron was aware of the scam when I notified them–
      I got the feeling they had *just* heard about it.

      Hopefully SD craigslist will remove that ad in the very near future.

      Reply

  3. Aubrey
    Oct 23, 2010 @ 20:01:55

    Fuck Sarah Pudwill too good to be true. Patron Tequila should be pissed

    Reply

  4. charlotte
    Oct 23, 2010 @ 21:42:31

    Ok you are officially a Good Citizen. No, a great one. Thank you for reporting this and not just shaking your head and moving on like most would. You are awesome!

    Reply

  5. Mike
    Oct 24, 2010 @ 15:16:15

    Yes same here and more than one. Multiple emails with slightly different names. I knew this is too good to be true since 99.9% of all jobs I have applied for don’t respond back. And thanks with Google putting everything (public info) online you can know about a person, company, emails, etc. Always do your research about something you don’t fully know about. Because it could be a scam like this one and not exist. Thanks for posting so people don’t get screwed with identity theft.

    Reply

    • cheekypinky
      Oct 24, 2010 @ 17:55:01

      @Mike: But of course. And I’m planning on continuing to do so.
      I can’t even count how many scams I’ve come across–
      It’s no longer enough to just flag on craiglist or other job boards–
      Public exposure is now needed, oui?

      Reply

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