Job seekers beware! Bogus foreign companies are advertising in help wanted ads on Internet job sites like Monster.com, CareerBuilders.com or Yahoo HotJobs. The ads claim to be looking for an "import/export specialist," "marketing manager," or "financial manager." Job seekers are asked to forward money from one account to another or to reship stolen merchandise to overseas companies as part of their employment duties. Consumers who respond to the ads are told that the employer is in a foreign country and needs an American contact to handle its business in the U.S.
In one scenario a job applicant was hired to repackage and reship merchandise to a foreign company. What the applicant did not know is that the merchandise was ordered from mail order companies or Internet auction sites, but had never been paid for.
In another scenario, a job seeker was hired to collect payments from clients in the U.S. and in turn wire the money to a company located overseas. The employee was instructed to keep a percentage of the money as his or her pay. The employee later found out that the collected payments were for non-existent merchandise sold through online auction sites. Auction bidders, would bid on an item and send in their payment to the seller, only to find out later that the merchandise never existed.
The Better Business Bureau offers the following tips to help job seekers avoid these types of scams: