Your BBB has seen a rise in consumers falling victim to scams to online jobs.
We have had an increase in the number of calls from consumers who wanted to earn extra income. One ad on Facebook promotes allowing a car wrap with "Full Throttle Energy Drink” or “Rock Star” ads. When we shopped this ad, right away a check was mailed us to be cashed, retain agreed salary and wire the bulk of the money back to pay for the car wrap materials.
A local resident came into the office with a $3800 check for mystery shopping. He was to wire transfer $1900 back by Western Union and keep the other half.
In both of these cases the check received was counterfeit. You would have to pay the bank back the value of the check.
These examples and many more are the result of posting your resume online or searching for a job online. Both situations required the “employee” to send back a sum of money.
BBB advises job hunters to be on the lookout for these red flags when conducting their job search:
·Emails purporting to be from job posting websites claiming there's a problem with a job hunter's account. After creating a user account on sites like Monster.com, Careerbuilder.com or Craigslist.com, a job hunter might receive an e-mail saying there has been a problem with their account or they need to follow a hyperlink to install new software. Phishing e-mails like this are designed to convince readers to click a link within the message to fix the issue, but actually take them to a website that will install malware or viruses on their computer.
·An employer asks for extensive personal information such as social security or bank account numbers. Some job seekers have been surprised to learn they've gotten a job without having to do a single interview. However, when the employer then asked for personal information in order to fill out the necessary paperwork suspicions were raised - and rightly so. Regardless of the reason or excuse given by the employer, a job applicant should never give out his or her Social Security or bank account numbers over the phone or e-mail.
·An employer asks for money upfront. Aside from paying for a uniform, it is rarely advisable for an applicant to pay upfront fees or make a required purchase to get a job. Most recently, the BBB of Metropolitan Dallas uncovered a scam where job hunters were told they had to pay $64.50 for a background check before they could be considered for a cleaning job. Predictably, after paying for the background check, the job seeker never heard from the company again.
·The job requires the employee to wire money through Western Union or MoneyGram. Many phony jobs require the prospective employee to cash a check sent by the company through the mail and then wire a portion of the money on to another entity. Reasons given for this requirement vary from scam to scam. Whatever the reason though, the check might clear the employee's bank account but will eventually turn out to be a fake and the employee is out the money he or she wired back to the scammers.