How the Scam Works:
You see a job post on Craigslist.org. It says Clearpoint, a non-profit organization that provides credit counseling, is hiring an “Office Admin Assistant.” The ad looks completely legitimate. The business is real, the job description is standard and the entire post is typo-free.
You decide to apply for the job. The “manager” replies to your email, saying that he/she needs further information from you. Unfortunately, this information includes your credit card number!
Job scams especially have many different variations. Watch out for scams using different business names and position titles. Also, scammers may ask job seekers to pay upfront for training, which never materializes. Or they may “hire” you and send a fake check. The con artists will instruct you to deduct a fraction for payment and wire the rest back.
Your BBB urges you to be cautious when applying for jobs online. Spot a job scam before you waste your time and money!
Tips to avoid falling for fake job scams:
- Some positions are more likely to be scams. Use extra caution when looking at ads for jobs with generic titles, such as admin assistant or customer service representative. These often don’t require special training or licensing, so they appeal to a wide range of applicants.
- Check out the business’s website to make sure the opening is posted there. If you are still skeptical, call the business to check on the position. Don’t rely on websites or phone numbers provided in the advertisement; find the “employer” on your own to make sure it’s the real deal.
- Watch out for these phrases. Scam ads often contain the phrases “Teleworking OK,” “Immediate Start” and “No Experience Needed.” Watch out for ads that urge you to apply immediately.
- Search for the position in Google. If the result comes up in many other cities with the exact same job post, it is likely a scam.
- Be very cautious of any job that asks you to share personal information or hand over money. Scammers will often use the guise of running a credit check, setting up direct deposit or paying for training.
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Note: Thanks to the BBB Serving Metro Atlanta, Athens & Northeast Georgia for their reporting on this scam. Clearpoint Credit Counseling Solutions is a BBB Accredited Business and a National Partner.