March 25, 2021

Gave a potential scammer full address & name, email and phone number.

Hi. For reference I’m underage (F17).

I created a ZipRecruiter account about a week ago because I was applying to some summer jobs.

Someone on ZipRecruiter sent a potential employer (let’s call her X) my resume and profile which included my full name, address, phone number and email.

X offered me to be her personal assistant. I looked her up and she’s a real person. Except, I live in Canada and she (or whoever is being impersonated) lives in the US. She offered to pay $900 per 12h/wk

My teenage brain confirmed my personal information (name, full address, email, phone number). I didn’t provide any other information so unless she/scammer can find other info, I assume this is the only info they have.

X replied saying she will send a business check and her “to do” list. I’m so scared. What do I do? What if she is a scam and now knows these details about me…

I didn’t give my credit card information or bank account so I can’t get financially scammed just yet.

But what if she sends me the cheque or other packages (“mail dispatch/postage” as she worded it in the email). There’s no way for me to confirm her identity right now. Me panic, what to do I do?



Well, first of all keep calm and don’t go into mental overdrive. Not an expert, have to point that out first.

This sounds more like a scam than identity theft/a spearphish to me (though it can be both).

If you should receive a check, especially without having done any work for it, be very careful about cashing it in and/or do not send any amount of partial money elsewhere.

(A common trick it that you get a check of $1500, then instructions of ‘oh, yeah, the $600 difference is for an acquaintance that’s in your country, send the difference to X right away.’ You send the money to the person-usually a mule or another scam victinm that’s unaware what is going on- the check bounces a few days later and your money is gone.)


What you do from here is just ignore and delete any further communications.

In the future, if an offer sounds too good to be true ($900 / 12 hr = $75/hr for assistance work), a red flag should pop up in your head.

This is a fairly common cheque scam – now that you’ve seen how it plays out at the start, you should be able to spot it more easily.

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