The Better Business Bureau has seen a recent increase in job related scams being reported to BBB’s Scam Tracker. Most have to do with being contacted by what appears to be a reputable firm advising you that you have been “hired.”
The problem is that they want to send you a check and have you deposit the funds and send a portion back to them. We can this the “Fake Check” scam. The check is not real and once your bank realizes such, you are responsible for paying back the funds sent to the scam company. Not to mention any other funds you happened to use.
Most companies want potential employees to submit resumes online. This is where the scammers get their information. They contact you using the name of well-known employment firms via email. This is called phishing. Most victims tend to be college age and seeking employment. However, this scam targets every age.
What legitimate companies will not do is ask you to deposit a check, send funds back to them, and do some type of work, such as mystery shopping. They entice consumers with falsehoods that include:
High salary for unskilled labor.
Asking for an advance fee.
Offers that simply sound too good to be true.
Email addresses that are Gmail, Hotmail, etc. Legitimate firms usually do not use public email accounts.
Improper grammar and spelling, indicating the email could be from a foreign company.
So, what do you do? BBB provides the following questions to ask any company seeking your employment.
Questions to Ask an Employment Recruiter:
When you are approached about a potential job, take the time to ask lots of questions. Vague answers are a red flag that should arouse your suspicion. Good questions to ask include:
If you have been contacted by an unscrupulous company regarding employment, please let us know. Visit BBB’s Scam Tracker and report the scam. This allows us to warn others.
For more information please visit bbb.org/atlanta.