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Don't Be Fooled By Bogus Job Scams
[November 21, 2013] BBB continues to receive complaints from individuals who have fallen victim to bogus job scams and reminds consumers to be vigilant when seeking employment online.
These bogus job schemes are designed by criminals to gain the trust of job seekers in order to take advantage of working relationships to further illegal activity. Most victims do not even realize they are engaging in criminal behavior until it is too late.
In many of the reported scams, victims are often hired to “process payments,” “transfer funds,” or “reship products.” However, these scams exploit unsuspecting employees by having them cash fraudulent checks, transfer illegally obtained funds for the criminals, or receive stolen merchandise and ship it to the criminals. In addition, many times these thieves will hi-jack a legitimate business’ name to gain the trust of the consumer.
This week a consumer reported receiving an email from a “Justin Davis,” who claims to be the HR Officer of the real Headline Capital Management, LLC firm located in Matthews, NC. “Justin” indicates a work from home customer service position is available that offers flexible working hours that can be performed anywhere in the U.S. and provides a $3,500 monthly salary for merely 2 hours a day on average. All the applicant has to do is provide his own bank account information to “Justin” to transfer “investment funds” to the “company’s investor.”
Sound familiar? Job scams provide criminals the opportunity to commit identity theft when victims provide their personal information, such as bank account data, to their potential “employer.” The criminal/employer can then use the victim’s information to open credit cards, post on-line auctions, register websites, etc., in the victim’s name to commit additional crimes.
“The email this consumer received contains many red flag behaviors of international scam operators,” said Kathleen Calligan, BBB President/CEO. “BBB considers this type of email suspect for fraudulent activity and identity theft.”
To avoid becoming victim of fraudulent job offers, BBB offers the following advice:
- Job postings with grammatical errors, misspellings and lots of exclamation marks are likely scams. Ads promoting jobs with generic titles, such as admin assistant or customer service rep, and containing the phrases "Teleworking OK," "Immediate Start" and "No Experience Needed" are popular in scam ads.
- If a job looks suspicious, search for it in Google. If the result comes up in many other cities with the exact same job post, it is likely a scam.
- Be very cautious of any job that asks you to share personal information or hand over money. Scammers will often use the guise of running a credit check, setting up direct deposit or paying for training.
- Check out the business' website to make sure the opening is posted there. If you are still skeptical, call the business to check on the position
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