No experience necessary, no resume required, immediate start... sounds like the perfect job description, right? Actually, it sounds more like a scam. Craigslist job scams use tempting offers and the names of real organizations (including BBB!) to attract victims.
How the Scam Works:
You see a job post on Craigslist.org. It says your local BBB is hiring 10 "Customer Service Representatives" for a new branch office (see screen shot). The ad claims that the job doesn't require previousexperience... or even a resume. You just need to respond immediately to ensure that you secure one of the limited interview slots.
Sounds too-good-to-be-true? It is! This BBB job scam is from the San Francisco Bay area, but watch out for fake job ads throughout the U.S. and Canada.
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:
Spot a job scam before you waste your time and money.
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.