Wow, there’s something in your field on Craigslist. It’s recent. The salary looks good. All you have to do is email them…and provide your social security number.
First, check out the company. Go to trusted websites like www.bbb.org or www.snopes.com. Google this company’s name and the word “scam,” “fraud,” “rip-off” or “government action.” Go to domain name registries and search for the company. Check with your Secretary of State and other business licensing entities.
Remember: Until someone is about to hire you, they have no need for your social security number. If they say they need it for a background check, the job offer can be made contingent on a clean report.
The BBB suggests that the safest option for job-seeking consumers is this: Never provide your SSN on a job application until you have a verifiable job offer from a company you trust.
Thanks to Bruce Gadansky of the Louisville, Kentucky BBB for this blog idea! Bruce, we love how you always use the word “knucklehead” when describing scammers.