ATLANTA,Ga. - Job hunting is a job unto itself. It takes a lot of work. And you don't want that hard work to be sucked up by a scammer. Let's identify a good lead from a bad one.
It's a trend tracked on the Better Business Bureau's Scam Tracker. This is how it works. Con artists see your resume' and sometimes spoof a real ad that you might've been interested in. The job sounds great, maybe too good to be true. And you are interviewed, not in person, but instead the BBB says it's done online - again - through legit sites like Google Hangout. But the exchange is not on the up and up.
You're lured in with more money than you expected. And there's where it gets sticky. You're asked for personal info like your social security number. You are sent a check to cover your early job expenses. You deposit the check then are asked to send a portion back. Boom. Now they've got ya.
- Personal Info
- Expense Check
- Refund Needed
You see it's a bad check. You deposited it and before your bank could say it's a no go, you've sent your own money to a scammer. And now they're gone and so is that job.
So how can you tell if it's real or a fake? Check out the email address. Is it through an account like Gmail or Outlook? Most businesses have business email addresses. Check for bad grammar. Check your salary expectations. Does it seem realistic?
But, listen, if you get to the interview phase, you still need to ask questions. Like, how did you get my name? What did you learn about me from my reference or the person who gave you my name?