Scammers Target Job Seekers
- Real Company - Fake Offer
(Clarksville, TN) – A local veteran who contacted BBB reported a suspicious online job offer from IASIS Healthcare located in Franklin, TN. The job offer was for an ADMIN/DATA Entry Clerk making $30.75 per hour, and after 3 months with the company, the ad claims employees are eligible for benefits including 401k, childcare, medical and vision insurance. As with most scams, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
BBB contacted IASIS Healthcare, and the company confirmed they did not post the job offer. They indicated it is a scam and that Tennessee was hit statewide with the online offer Memorial Day weekend. Other consumers lured in by the fake job offer informed the real IASIS Healthcare that when they responded to the advertisement they were offered a check for up to $4,000 to be used for purchase of equipment. The consumers were then advised to deposit the check, keep so much money for themselves and send the scammer the remaining amount.
With this type of fake check scam, the consumer is left holding the bag, as a few days after depositing the check with their local bank, it bounces and the ‘new employee’ owes the bank the entire amount of the bad check.
With summer here and more people looking for employment, BBB offers the following tips to consider before engaging with an online employment offer:
For more information on protecting yourself from employment scams visit www.gobbb.org.
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