Is this a scammer? What do you think?

Question by Ruben D: Is this a scammer? What do you think?
I sent out resumes through Craigslist last week. I got one response for a computer tech position. He gave me a description about the job and their website that his company is associate to. The website looks like its part of a big company. Now he wants me to fix 7 computers and ship it back to him. What do you guys think? He asked for my address and name so he can ship the computers to my house. Is he legit? the website looks legit so im thinking this is a real job. WHAT DO U THINK???

Here is the e-mail:

Thanks for the swift response, Here are some few details you need for the job, We supplied 30 Pentium

IV dell laptops to the mission training home, after some couple of months we got an information that 7 of

the systems malfunctioned and results into crashing, first we made enquiries about how they all

malfunctioned and we found out that Below are the things needed to be done on the laptops;

(1.) Format Hard Drive

(2.) Install Win Xp or Vista with Service Pack 2 or 3

(3.) Microsoft Office Package

(4.) Recent Anti Virus Software with (Free Lifetime Updates)

(5.) Adobe Acrobat

(6.) Diagnostics of the entire system after to check hard drive, CD & DVD ROM, floppy Disk.

Get back to me with your total cost for the services of 7 units ( Labour Only). We would Include all the

necessary software’s and licenses (Original) needed for the service installations and would be paying you

with a Certified Company Check, and I want you to know that the Laptops will all be shipped to your

location by our shipping agents, we will give you a totality of one week to finish up with the repairs after

which it will also be picked up by the shippers. This is a Contract Job which might lead to a full time

position with the company after you have successfully completed the first task within the specified time.

Kindly send me the following information’s to have the payment mailed out to you;

Full Name:

Physical Address:



Zip code:

Cell phone #:

I am currently in Remote area in Tokyo and the phone service is very poor here, I’m online most of the

time as I am hard of hearing so I prefer we contact each other through E-mails, but if there is need for me to call, I will be glad to do that by using a hearing device. I await your urgent response so we can make

moving arrangements and delivery of payment as soon as possible.

Sincerely and respectfully,

Regional Operating Officer.

Walter Godwin

Action Aid International.


I am Walter Godwin, the new Regional Operating Officer with the well known non-profit:- The Action Aid International.

Thank you for responding to the Advertisement.

My Office & I have reviewed your Resume’ and we would like to arrange for a phone interview to allow a more personal and mutual exploration of the venture as well as the issues of the job that need to be specifically addressed.

The Action Aid Organization distributed a number of Computer Systems to a Missionary Organization in Tokyo, Japan whose objective was to promote and hold Computer Training Courses for the Children at the Mission Organization using these Computer Systems sent to them.

We received a report that all of these systems malfunctioned and as a result they are shipping the computer systems back to us for repair even though there are more technical nerds in Japan at the moment that need work in light of the recent devastation and tsunami that the Country has encountered.

Best answer:

Answer by Mike S
S-C-A-M…..This is a re-shipping scam…they ship you stolen computers…you fix them and send them to a diffrent address and they pay you for fixing and sending them…..alot of people have gotten into serious trouble for taking part in this scam…it was on the NBC nightly news………..

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4 Responses to “Is this a scammer? What do you think?”

  1. Kalex Rorester says:

    Yes it is fake action aid is a poverty elimination charity not computer fixers. See the site yourself:

  2. Augustus Hamilton says:

    I believe its not a scam from how the email is written, if they ask u for credit card info, definetly a scam

  3. arizaldo g says:

    Get a ref from the BBB. It seems like a scam

  4. Kittysue says:

    It’s definitely a reshipping scam – they sent my brother the same thing. As the post above says, they buy used computers on Ebay/Craigslist with hacked paypal accounts or counterfeit checks/money orders, send them to you to “repair” then ask you to reship to another person. You are being used to fence stolen merchandise and YOU are the one who will be arrested when the police find out the computers were sent to YOUR home. You are looking at 5-10 years in prison if you agree to this because you will get caught

    Oh, and you will never get paid for fixing the computers anyway. You’ll do your “job” then not get paid. When you finally contact Actionaid to ask where your money is, they tell you that there is no such person working there, they would never ask a stranger to fix computers as they have their own IT department, and that you have been scammed

    There is NO remote area of Tokyo with no phone service – he is full of crap. You can be on the top of Mt Fuji and still get perfect phone signals

    I’m sure if you call the real Actionaid on the number on their website they will confirm that a scammer is falsely using their name

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