I mostly look online to search for job openings, these days I’m not really sure how else you would find jobs unless they are posted in newspapers or advertised on the radio/TV. To look for a job I have used numerous job search engines, Monster, Indeed, Idealist, etc., as well as Craigslist. I know that Craigslist can be a little sketchy, especially after watching The Craigslist Killer (yikes!), but my cousin found his job through the website. As with any of the other job search engines, you have to weed out the illegitimate job postings, which can usually be done through a simple google search. Before applying to any job that I find on job boards, I search for the company, find their website, make sure that all information given in the posting is the same as that given on the website, and sometimes even googlemap the location. I’ve read plenty of stories about people getting scammed and I sure don’t want to be a part of that!
Today I found an article about job scams found online – someone posted a job on Craigslist for the Better Business Bureau! The (real) BBB gave some tips about how to avoid these types of scams, which I have posted below:
Exercise caution when using social networking sites, check out the company website to make sure it actually exists
Guard your Resume. Make sure you only upload your resume for a legitimate purpose and company. Resumes often contain personal information, ripe for identity theft thieves.
Start with Trust. Many scams use names that are similar to reputable companies to trick job seekers. BBB recommends that job seekers check out the company first at bbb.org and to apply through the actual company site whenever possible.
Never Pay Upfront Fees. No legitimate job offer will require out of pocket expenses from a potential employee before an interview.
Protect Personal Information. Job seekers should never provide their social security number or birth date until they have verified the position is legitimate. Additionally, job seekers should never provide bank account information for direct deposit setup until they have officially been hired.
Be Careful of the “Perfect Offer.” If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Avoid Work-at-Home Offers. Most jobs that imply you can work from home or rake in cash are a ploy to trap you into giving away your credit card information, cashing fake checks, or paying for training that should be free. Job seekers should understand employees working from home generally go through the traditional in-person interviews and hiring process and often have prior experience in what they are doing, work for a salary, or have spent time and money developing the market for their work.
Report Fraud.If you find a job scam or internet fraud, including Craigslist scams, report it to the BBB or file a complaint with them here. You can also contact the Internet Fraud Complaint Center at 800.251.3221 or go to http://www.ic3.gov.
While looking at these articles, I also came across this one; six girls bought tickets for a Katy Perry concert online. The night of the concert they discovered the tickets were frauds. Luckily a good samaritan, who was in the same boat, bought all six girls legitimate tickets, which ended up being better seats than what they thought they had purchased. The girls promise to pay it forward.