BBB Warning : Craigslist Job Scam

BBB warns to beware of Craigslist job scams.
June 04, 2014

A Jackson Mississippi woman contacted BBB concerning a posting she applied for on a Craigslist job posting. The position listed “Healthcare jobs”, must be dependable and energetic! We will train, call for more information. When she called to inquire about the job, she was asked for personal information including name, date of birth, social security number, and address. The job was for a medical billing representative and the woman was told that she was hired and they would get back to her. When she didn’t hear from the company, the consumer called the company several times, with no response and that’s when she became suspicious and contacted BBB serving Mississippi. “BBB tried to contact the company from the job posting and there was no answer”. said John O’Hara President/CEO of BBB serving Mississippi “During our research we discovered that the ad was also running on Craigslist in Milwaukee, WI.” “The next day the ad was no longer on either the Jackson, MS or Milwaukee, WI site.” O’Hara says “We have informed the consumer to contact her financial institution and run her credit report to see if her personal information has be used.”

Job scams have many different twists. Scammers may ask job seekers to pay upfront for training, which never materializes, or they may "hire" you and send a fake check. The con artists will instruct you to deduct a fraction for payment and wire the rest back. Other scams ask you to complete an online application that requests personal identifying information and bank account numbers that can be used for identity theft.

Tips to Avoid Falling for Fake Job Scams:

  • Some positions are more likely to be scams: Use extra caution when looking at ads for jobs with generic titles, such as admin assistant or customer service representative. These often don't require special training or licensing, so they appeal to a wide range of applicants.
  • Watch out for these phrases: "Teleworking OK," "Immediate Start" and "No Experience Needed." Watch out for ads that urge you to apply immediately.
  • If a job looks suspicious, search for it in Google. If the result comes up in many other cities with the exact same job post, it is likely a scam.
  • Be very cautious of any job that asks you to share personal information or hand over money. Scammers will often use the guise of running a credit check, setting up direct deposit or paying for training.
  • Check out the business' website to make sure the opening is posted there. If you are still skeptical, call the business to check on the position. Don't rely on websites or phone numbers provided in the advertisement; find the "employer" on your own to make sure it's the real deal.