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January 23, 2022

Job posting seeks women to seduce biz leaders into spilling secrets

Could you make a case that now, with Skyfall  still setting global box office records and Zero Dark Thirty  primed for a shot at Best Picture at next month's Oscars, is the best time to be a spy?

Perhaps James Bond's heyday of the '60s and '70s might best 2013, but the point stands: today, maybe more than others, being a secret agent sounds like a pretty great job.

But who can stand the training, the years of thankless missions and gruelling, lonesome work that more likely fits the job description than gambling in Monte Carlo or capturing Osama bin Laden?

If that's not for you -- yet you still fantasize about life as a super-spy -- here's a secret agent gig you might want to check out.

Right now, on Backpage.com, the second-largest classified site in the U.S., behind Craigslist, is a job posting so peculiar it makes you wonder if it's real.

*Bing: How much do CIA agents earn?

The listing, in no uncertain terms, seeks attractive women to use their looks in seducing men, but perhaps not in the way we've come to expect from online classified sites.

Instead, this job, posted from a user in Manhattan, portends to come from a group that "specializes in extracting key pieces of information from business leaders by seducing them with beautiful ladies such as yourself."

The listing continues: "We have immediate needs for beautiful, sophisticated ladies who will do anything it takes to find out what we need to know!" (Okay, scrap that whole bit above about "not in the way we've come to expect from online classified sites.")

Is this prostitution? That's of some dispute, but what's apparent is that this so-called group is willing to pay big to hire women to seduce businessmen into spilling corporate secrets.

According to the ad, each "assignment" pays between $5,000 and $20,000, "depending on the value of the information and how long it takes to obtain it."

Sound risky? Don't worry. Says the ad, "We also reimburse for travel expenses, if any."

By Jason Buckland, MSN Money



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Gordon PowersGordon Powers

A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

Jason BucklandJason Buckland

The modern-day MC Hammer of money, Jason can often be seen spending cash that isn’t his with the efficiency of a Wilt Chamberlain first date. After cutting his teeth as a reporter for the Toronto Sun, he joined the MSN Money team with...