Chef for Holiday Party phishing scam

BBB has received reports of a new phishing scam going around via email. Here’s what the email says:

Hello,

In response to your interest in regard to my ad(Cook) on craigslist. My name is Smith. I am a Lecturer in Pharmaceutics at University of Central Lancashire, UK. I am on 2 years sabbatical leave to the United States for a RESEARCH PROJECT. I would be coming to your city in USA with my family and I would need a personal cook for the family. I would arrive into the State by 25TH of OCT and you can start work immediately if you are eventually hired. if you are willing to work for me, kindly respond to the following questions if it is okay by you.

1- YOU WILL BE WORKING 2 HOURS DAILY

2- YOU WILL BE WORKING 3 TIMES IN A WEEK

3- YOUR WORKING DAYS WILL BE MON,WED AND FRIDAY IF IT IS NOT CONVENIENT FOR YOU EMAIL ME BACK WITH THE DAYS THAT WILL BE CONVENIENT FOR YOU

4- I WILL BE PAYING YOU $50 PER HOUR

5- HAVE YOU EVER BEEN CONVICTED OF A FELONY?

Awaiting your reply.

Smith

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