craigslist job interview gone wrong


Woman: Craigslist Ad Leads To Inappropriate Interview:

This is a new one on me since people who place employment ads with craigslist have to actually pay for the ad. I guess you can’t even trust employment ads on the internet’s hive of scum and villainy.

PHILADELPHIA — A Conshohocken woman said she was just looking for work when an online ad on Craigslist caught her eye.

Aleshia Endy, 22, said she now hopes police catch the man who ran the ad.

“I thought it was a legit position. I really thought it was something, but now I’m grossed out,” Endy said.

Endy said the job ad on the nationwide Web site, Craigslist.com, appeared to be perfect for her.

“I responded to it, said apply for personal assistant/office manager, so I sent my picture and resume,” Endy said.

Endy said she later found out that when the author wrote “female preferred” and “obey instructions” in the ad, he meant it.

After responding to the ad, Endy called her potential employer, Eber Devine.

Endy said Devine told her he was moving from one office to another, so he wanted to set up the interview at the University of Pennsylvania campus at the Van Pelt Library.

“He met me outside. We went upstairs to where there’s, like, conference rooms,” Endy said.

Endy said, at first, everything seemed fine. She filled out an application and agreed to a background check, and he promised her a generous salary.

But right in the middle of the interview came the shocker.

“He told me, ‘I want you to stand up. Go walk around the room. Go stand in the corner. I want to look at your ass,'” Endy said.

Endy said she told him no, and when she started to walk away it became uncomfortable.

“He stood up. He came over and started touching my shoulders and my chest and got real close and started breathing on me heavily,” Endy said.

Endy said she pushed him away and left, but Devine had Endy’s cell phone number from the application and apparently was not finished talking.

“Yeah, Aleshia, I think you are an excellent candidate,” one message said.

“He called me about six times. I have it in my call log,” Endy said.

Endy contacted the NBC 10 Investigators and the police.

NBC 10’s Harry Hairston started looking into Devine’s background and found pages and pages of court records.

Court documents show Devine’s criminal history goes back as far as 1986.

NBC 10’s investigation turned up five different mug shots, some of which were taken between 2002 and December 2006.

The self-proclaimed CEO also has a laundry list of guilty pleas.

Records show he pleaded guilty to theft of leased property, unlawful use of a computer, forgery, and criminal conspiracy.

NBC 10 went to Devine’s Philadelphia home. The 38-year-old self-styled entrepreneur lives with his father.

Hairston asked Devine’s father if he knew anything about the ad on Craigslist.

“That’s something he’s doing. He’s a grown man. I don’t know anything about it,” Devine’s father said.

Hours after the visit, Devine called NBC 10. He wouldn’t go on camera, but he did admit to placing the ad on Craigslist, claiming to be the CEO of his own company and interviewing Endy.

Devine denies anything inappropriate happened during the interview,

That may be for a court to decide. The district attorney’s Office has issued a warrant for his arrest.

He’s facing charges of sexual harassment, false imprisonment, indecent assault, unlawful restraint and burglary.

“I just want him off the streets. I want the women out there to know what kind of person he is. I want him off the streets,” Endy said.

Police said they are looking for Devine.

And a spokeperson for Craigslist said illegal activity is forbidden on Craigslist by the company’s terms of use, and is not welcome on the site.

I can almost see the craigslist spokesperson winking as they say that.

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  • What! That is INSANE!! It is almost unbelievable! Its a good thing they were in a public place, i am sure if they weren’t he wouldn’t have let her leave so easily. It amazes me how people still use that website, It should be shut down. After all of the stories i have read about, i would never consider using that site for any form of advertising!

    • I am convinced that several people had an interest in defaming Eber Devine with these false allegations. Namely David L. Cohen in conjunction with executives of Wells Fargo.who is believed to be involved in a theft of trustfund moneys that belong to Devine. Cohens law firm manages Devines trustfund. He is also the chairman of the board of directors of the University of Pennsylvania coincidently. Federal authorities are aware of this fraud
      There was no employment scam nor was there ever any ad placed on craigslist. Eber Devine was completely exonerated of thoese egregious charges. He would never commit a sexual assault. He is a true gentlemean in the state of Pennsylvania.

    • I am convinced that several people had an interest in defaming Eber Devine with these false allegations. Namely David L. Cohen in conjunction with executives of Wells Fargo.who is believed to be involved in a theft of trustfund moneys that belong to Devine. Cohens law firm manages Devines trustfund. He is also the chairman of the board of directors of the University of Pennsylvania coincidently. Federal authorities are aware of this fraud
      There was no employment scam nor was there ever any ad placed on craigslist. Eber Devine was completely exonerated of thoese egregious charges. He would never commit a sexual assault. He is a true gentlemean in the state of Pennsylvania.

  • Actually, I believe only in 7 CL markets are the employers who post employment ads required to pay for them. I believe it is San Diego, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Boston. Everywhere else they are free to anyone. We have had problems here in Austin with “Fake” employment ads. One guy perpetually posts an ad looking for a petsitter and several people have posted about going to the interview and being asked to take their clothing off among other things.

    • I am convinced that several people had an interest in defaming Eber Devine with these false allegations. Namely David L. Cohen in conjunction with executives of Wells Fargo.who is believed to be involved in a theft of trustfund moneys that belong to Devine. Cohens law firm manages Devines trustfund. He is also the chairman of the board of directors of the University of Pennsylvania coincidently. Federal authorities are aware of this fraud
      There was no employment scam nor was there ever any ad placed on craigslist. Eber Devine was completely exonerated of thoese egregious charges. He would never commit a sexual assault. He is a true gentleman in the state of Pennsylvania.

  • Well for me, the first tip off that something wasn’t right was the fact that she had to include a picture of herself when she submitted her resume?? WTF?? I work in the Admin Assistant/Personal Assistant field and I have never once responded to an add that said I had to send a pic and that only females could apply…duh….why would a legit employer put that in their add or even request that…reputable employers know that they would get in trouble for discrimnation by doing that! Plus, I’m sure she probably went to the interview dressed in something that showed cleavage and was suggestive, don’t tell me girls don’t do that because I’ve seen it myself in those I’ve interviewed…they come in with legs and cleavage showing, apparently hoping I’m a man (I guess their disappointed when they find out I’m a woman!) and apparently hoping showing those things will give them leverage!

    Also, I have never had a problem with ads put on Craigslist…the way I see if, if the offer sounds too good to be true, chances are it’s a fake and you shouldn’t respond. Second, before agreeing to any kind of face to face interview, you should do your research, ask for the name of the company, where it’s located, full name of the person interviewing you and their supervisor, you can then contact the Better Business Burearu as well as almost all states now have their court case records online and most are free of charge to access, so if something doesn’t feel right, then you can run their name through the system and check company info with the BBB.

    Sounds like a little more common sense could have been used by this young lady! It sounds as if she was a little nieve and that was what he was looking for.
    ya, he’s a perv, but a new one is born everyday, and as long as there are nieve girls out there willing to fall for ads that say &ldquofemale preferred&rdquo and &ldquoobey instructions&rdquo, and “send pic”, I guess this scenario will continue to happen!

    • I am convinced that several people had an interest in defaming Eber Devine with these false allegations. Namely David L. Cohen in conjunction with executives of Wells Fargo.who is believed to be involved in a theft of trustfund moneys that belong to Devine. Cohens law firm manages Devines trustfund. He is also the chairman of the board of directors of the University of Pennsylvania coincidently. Federal authorities are aware of this fraud
      There was no employment scam nor was there ever any ad placed on craigslist. Eber Devine was completely exonerated of thoese egregious charges. He would never commit a sexual assault. He is a true gentlemean in the state of Pennsylvania.

  • I believe that this was a set up by Eber DeVines greedy family…Endy is lying

  • Eber DeVine just so happens to be heir to large devine famil fortune…I smell a rat

  • How do we know that Endy is not lying there are too many discrepancies in her story. The University is full of security…Why didn’t she yell out or anything

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