IN THE NEWS: BBB Warns of Employment Scam

  
     
April 20, 2017

News Release 

Employment Scam Exposed as Job Seekers Contact the BBB

Winston Salem, NC- April 18, 2017- The Better Business Bureau Serving Northwest North Carolina is warning job seekers to be wary of a current work-from-home employment scam.

Experts at the BBB discovered an employment scam after several potential victims, mostly out-of-state, contacted the office to investigate job offers they recently received. The offers came from a source claiming to be “Carpenter and Company,” an antique automobile parts and supply company out of Winston Salem, NC. While there was at one time a company of that name in nearby Clemmons, NC, it is no longer in business.

At the time of this release, the potential victims had all been contacted by the scammers directly via email after having uploaded their résumés onto a national job-posting website. None were asked by the suspect source to interview, and each were offered very well paying work-from-home positions.

In this case, the potential victims were asked to fill out an I-9 (citizenship verification) form and background check release, both of which would necessitate sharing highly confidential information. Disclosing this information greatly increases the risk of identity theft.

To avoid potential identity theft and other issues, job seekers should remember the following tips:

• Be wary of unsolicited offers. Hiring companies are rarely the first to make contact.
• Check the specifics. If contact information is missing or differs, or if you are never able to directly contact a representative of the company, there is cause for concern.
• Protect your information. Trustworthy companies rarely ask for personal information to be shared over the phone or via email. If you must share information remotely, you should have the option of doing so via a secure, encrypted website.
• Be realistic about the search. Highly-paid, unskilled, work-from-home positions are rare. Communications offering such are likely fraudulent. Also, interviews are an important part of the hiring process, and reputable companies will not skip this step.
• When in doubt, contact the BBB. Taking a few minutes to verify the validity of the potential employer information can save a great deal of trouble in the long run.

Fortunately, the job seekers realized that what seems too good to be true usually is, and they contacted the BBB for further inquiry. None of the job seekers reporting to the BBB went on to share any sensitive information with the fraudulent employer, though it is likely that others have.