Thanks to some of the bad seeds in our affiliate marketing world, craigslist had the following text come up on a page before allowing users in my market to view the jobs section.
craigslist SCAM ALERT
SCAM ALERT – affiliate scammers are posting bogus ads promising (nonexistent!) employment, paid research trials, or other compensation, but then notifying repliers that they’ll need to jump through a hoop first, directing them to:
* background checking services
* credit checking or reporting sites
* sites where you are instructed to enter your resume or other personal information
* sites where you are asked to sign up for a “free” trial offer
* sites offering training or education
* sites offering a “system” for making money
* survey or focus group sites
* sites designed to deliver malware or misuse your identifying information
all in hopes of earning affiliate marketing commissions or otherwise profiting at the expense of persons seeking employment.
Lots of variations on this scam, but each generally involves dangling (nonexistent!) compensation, and then directing you to a website where you are asked to sign up for something, use your credit card, or input personal information such as your email address.
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FUN FACT: If you are able to determine a scammer’s “affiliate ID” and report it to their affiliate marketing program, this will often result in termination of the scammer, and confiscation of the scammer’s ill-gotten gains by the affiliate program.
I routinely visit craigslist looking for IC work in web design or SEO and found this such a shame that affiliate marketers who insist on using deceptive tactics and lies to lure in recruits have compelled craigslist to inconvenience their users in this manner.
People love to gripe and complain about the government getting too involved in our businesses, but between idiotic marketers who continually look at ways to cheat quality sites like craigslist and the myriad of outright scams that rise and fall every day on the net, more government involvement is exactly what we will eventually get.
If only people could just work their businesses honestly.