Job Listing: '$40K a Year to Attend Harvard University as Me'

'You do not need to worry about being accepted, I have already taken care of that.'
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A male Craigslist poster in Pittsburgh is looking for someone to attend Harvard University in his stead.

You must have either a 4.0 GPA in high school, or a 3.5 or higher GPA from a university to get hired for this.

Your age does not matter, but you must be a male since I have a male name.

I am looking for someone to attend Harvard University pretending to be me for four years, starting August 2014. I will pay for your tuition, books, housing, transportation, and living expenses and pay $40,000 a year with a $10,000 bonus after graduation. All you have to do is attend all classes, pass all tests, and finish all assigned work, while pretending you are me.

You do not need to worry about being accepted, I have already taken care of that.

If interested please email me a little info about yourself, and we can meet in person to discuss further.

Politico's Libby Nelson's response seems about right: "This is the setup for a novel or something, right?" But if it is in earnest, we may never know: The last line of the posting warns potential applicants they'll have to sign a non-disclosure agreement, no matter whether they're selected or not.

h/t Maria Konnikova

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