New Scam Tempting Job Seekers to Reveal Private Information


Published 05/29 2014 11:48AM

Updated 05/29 2014 12:08PM

There is a new scam on the classifieds website where fake job postings have surfaces, tempting job seekers to reveal their private information.

WFFT's Isabella Moller has more information on avoiding these scams and what you should look for when searching for a new job.

The Better Business Bureau serving Northern Indiana residents says to beware of certain phrases and job openings posted on Craiglist that could be too good to be true.

"They send you a check for $5500 and say oh, it's a mistake, we added an extra $500 so you keep the $500 and send us the $5000 back."

Craigslist is a popular website where people can find all kinds of products, as well as jobs and job postings to this site have been scammers, similar with recent robberies.

"This is the time of the year in particular students are searching for summer jobs or recent graduates are looking for jobs so this is the time scammers know that as well."

Greg Smitley, the President and CEP of the Better Business Bureau serving Northern Indiana explains there are several key words to look out for when searching for jobs.

"They talk about no experience needed, no resume, start immediately, work from home."

Another suggestion is to research.

"If a job looks suspicious, check it out on Google if you can check it.  So as much information they give you in the ad, try to check it out and see if it's legitimate."

Smitley also says don't give any personal information on Craigslist under the "about" tab.

It says, "never give out financial information including bank accounts or social security", and "do not submit to credit or background checks until you have met the job interviewer in person."

Rick Farrant, Director of Communications with Work One agrees, "Really nobody should be asking you for money up front, if you are looking for a job."

Here's how Farrant suggests you go about making sure the job is for real, "Contact an employer directly or you can go onto an employer's web portal and sort of enter the information there."

Smitley says he has had a personal experience with a family member getting scammed by a job posting.  He stresses that you should make sure you research the employer and parent company and not to just rely on the job posting or a website to ensure the job is the real deal.

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