BBB Warns About Bogus Online Job Ads

October 21, 2008

RICHMOND, Va. – The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is investigating complaints about a bogus company that preys on people seeking jobs advertised on the Internet.


The latest complaint comes from a woman who responded to an online ad for a job posted on Craigslist.  After emailing her resume, the woman received a response indicating that she appeared to be a “good fit” for the position.  The company, which identified itself as EMU Recruitment, asked her to send $10 to help cover the cost of a $40-background check.  The message said the background check was necessary in order to complete the application process.


“Fortunately, this woman was suspicious about the request and did not send the money.  Instead, she reported it to the Better Business Bureau,” said Tom Gallagher, president and CEO of the BBB in Central Virginia. 


Preliminary investigations reveal that the perpetrator is believed to be somewhere in Germany, but little else is known.


Gallagher said scams of this kind are nothing new.  However, he said he often doesn’t hear about them until after the money has been transferred.  He said he recalls an incident several years ago in which the victim sent several thousand dollars as part of an online job application.  The funds were never recovered.  



“You should not have to pay for a job interview or a background check,” Gallagher said.  “People who are seeking jobs online should be wary about any requests for money.” 


He also warns that consumers should always exercise care in releasing credit card numbers and other personal information.  “Don’t give out a credit card number unless you trust the person or company to whom it is being given,” he said.


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The BBB in Central Virginia serves Richmond and Tri-Cities, as well as 42 surrounding counties, from Fauquier to Mecklenburg and Northumberland to Amherst. The nonprofit organization was established in 1954 to advance responsible, honest and ethical business practices and to promote customer confidence through self-regulation of business. Core services of the BBB include business reliability reports, dispute resolution, truth-in advertising, consumer and business education and charity review.