Beware of Bogus Employment Opportunities

July 21, 2011


Bogus employment opportunity scams have surfaced across North America on Craigslist claiming to offer jobs with the Better Business Bureau. One such fake employment opportunity has surfaced on Craigslist in British Columbia.

“At BBB, we want to make certain that the citizens of the communities we serve are aware of these issues,” said Sandra Crozier-McKee, President and CEO for BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenays. “These job scams aim to steal personal information or have victims pay fees. It is important that job hunters educate themselves on the red flags.”

BBB Serving Mainland BC explains that once an applicant has sent in their resume, an e-mail is sent asking them to sign up for direct deposit. The e-mail directs the applicant to a site that collects their personal and banking information and may also expose their computer to malware. Craigslist has posted a disclaimer for anyone searching for a job warning them of these types of scams.

BBB warns job hunters to watch out for these three common red flags of job scams:

Upfront fees. No legitimate job offer will require out of pocket expenses from a potential employee for background checks, credit reports, or administrative fees before an interview.

Unsolicited job offers. Spam email may direct job hunters to a website that installs malware on their computer or solicits bank account details. Other job opportunities may ask for personal details or social insurance numbers before hiring.

Money wires. Scam job offers often ask the “employee” to cash a cheque and then wire money to someone else. Whatever the story given, the ending is always the same: the cheque is a fake and the “employee” is out the money he or she wired back to the scammers.

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