A savvy job seeker always checks out a business before going on an interview. But what happens when that company's name is just a cover for a scam?
How the Scam Works:
An increasing amount of scammers are using the names of legitimate businesses and organizations to lure in job seekers.
In one recent example, scammers posted a help wanted ad on Craigslist.org for an opportunity at the real, Virginia-based "Association of Corporate Travel Executives." When job hunters responded to the ad, imposters sent them checks to deposit. Consumers were told keep a portion of the check as their pay and to wire the rest to a third party via Western Union. Of course, the checks never cleared, and victims were out the money.
In another variation, scammers stole the name of BBB Accredited, Ohio-based business FBN Construction LLC. Scammers sent emails to local consumers promoting a job opportunity there and encouraging applicants to fill out an online form on a fake website. The form asked for personal information, opening job seekers up to identity theft.
Tips to Avoid Falling for Fake Job Scams: