The Better Business Bureau of Metro New York has recently learned of a job scam on Craigslist involving the name of a legitimate organization in Alexandria, Virginia called “Association of Corporate Travel Executives.” The scammers are NOT from this organization.
Consumers have reported that when responding to the ad, the imposters send checks to the consumers, asking them to deposit the checks. Consumers are told keep a portion of the check as their pay, and send the rest to a third party who is part of the scam, via Western Union.
BBB advises you not to deposit the check, because it is fraudulent and will not clear. A victim who deposits a fraudulent check in their bank account may be responsible for the amount of the bad check and may have their account closed. They will also lose the money they sent, because overseas transfers cannot be traced.
As always, the BBB recommends that you not provide any personal identifying information to any company with which you are not familiar. If a job offer seems convincing, obtain the company's complete name, address and phone number and contact the BBB to check out the company before providing or confirming any information.
To contact the Association of Corporate Travel Executives, please call 703-683-5322.
For more information, visit our website at www.newyork.bbb.org or call 212-533-6200.
To report a scam, visit the BBB Scam Portal at: https://www.bbb.org/scam/report-a-scam/