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.
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