I wanted to share some advice about some of the positions you might run into on http://www.craigslist.org. I have already covered avoiding positions which seem flashy and “too good to be true,” but I also want to cover responding to ads which seem very legitimate but turn out to be B.S..
It is also common to come across ads that look completely legit, have a great job description and ask you to submit your resume to the reply address on Craigslist- but after you do so, you may be sent an e-mail with a completely different job description from the one your replied to on Craigslist.
Sharing Personal Information
Not all job postings requiring you to reply via the Craigslist reply e-mail will be scams, but when you do reply to ads like these, it is a good idea to not provide a sig. in the e-mail or provide any personal details. If you send a resume, explain that you will not provide a phone, address, etc. until you confirm that this is a legitimate opportunity.
Live and Learn
I have almost completely stopped replying to ads that don’t provide contact information, a company name or a legitimate website in the ad itself. I cannot tell you how many times I have replied to ads requiring application be done by applying through the Craigslist reply, only to find my e-mail is bombarded with crap.
SO- BE CAREFUL PEOPLE!
It can be a good rule of thumb to only apply for work at home positions that offer all of the necessary information in the ad, rather than requiring you to reply to the ad through the Craigslist e-mail.
I do find some great leads through Craigslist and anyone can. It takes some trial and error to learn which ads are good and which are misleading. Scammers are getting better at playing the game. We have to stay a couple of steps ahead.