Just plain cruel

You know I’m applying for jobs – from anywhere between 40 – 80 positions a day?

Well, this afternoon this email rattled in to my inbox:


———- Forwarded message ———-
From: charles <browncharles364@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: 28 May 2013 12:36
Subject: Invitation to job Interview
To: me


As a result your application, I would like to invite you to attend an interview.

You will have an interview with the department manager, Jenny Wilson. The interview will last about 30 min.

Please bring three reference (If available), as well as a copy of your ID, e.g. Passport, Driving License to the interview.

Please contact me on 07064848727, in order to arrange an interview

We look forward to seeing you

Best regards

Charles Brown




It’s obviously a con for the following reasons:

  • sent from a yahoo email address
  • the lack of personal salutation/greeting
  • the lack of a named post or role
  • the lack of an address to attend
  • the poor grammar (‘last about 30 min’, ‘please bring three reference’)
  • the inconsistently applied punctuation
  • the mobile phone number (which my cynical head tells me will transfer the caller to a premium number, or will reveal that there is a fee for processing the application)

But how cruel is this con, this vile trick being perpetrated against the unemployed and (therefore, to one degree or another) the desperate?

People who are less cynical than I would probably jump on this email, as if it were some kind of salvation.

I’m sure that a significantly large number of people would call the number and get sucked in to whatever nasty, money-grabbing scheme it is, that sits behind this email.


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