Technology helps many people in the United States easily find a new career. From dashboards to recruitment apps to tools that help create a great resume. There are ways to create a winning resume that will go through bots, but this will not guarantee an interview.
Unfortunately, fraudsters are not far behind, happily rubbing their hands of the opportunity to make quick money. By putting a new twist on an old scam, criminals use a messaging platform to deceive future employees.
Read on to see how the scam works and what you can do about it.
Here is the background
The Bureau of Better Business (BBB) recently received a number of complaints of recruitment fraud, which uses popular messaging platforms to lure victims. The scam is triggered when you receive a text message, email or message on social media from someone who claims that you are ideal for finding a job in their company.
It looks like a good offer, as the tenant looks professional and has already checked your resume. But the first red flag comes when the recruiter insists on interviewing you through a messaging platform like Telegram.
This is not necessarily uncommon, but the whole scam is not yet underway. The tenant will ask professional questions and after reviewing your answers will offer you a contract that contains the official form and corporate details.
This is where the scheme begins. The tenant sends you an official form asking for things like your address, date of birth and bank information, stating that they need to add you to their direct deposit statement and other company systems.
But as the BBB points out, this is the flesh and bones of deception. “If you provide this sensitive information, you could easily be the victim of identity theft.” says the BBB.
Some of these schemes do not end there. As a new employee, you turn to a training manager to help you set up your home office. This person is mailing you a receipt for your laptop and other supplies.
After depositing the check, the contact claims that you have been overpaid and must return part of the deposit. However, the check is counterfeit and any funds you send back to your new employer will be lost forever.
What can you do about it
Fortunately, there are ways not to fall victim to these types of scams. Here are suggestions from the BBB to avoid employment fraud:
- Explore job offers – Visit the company’s website and look for their contact information. Make sure the company exists and that the job posting is authentic before interacting with a stranger. Do an internet search with the company name and the word “scam” to see if anyone has reported a fake job offer. Take a look at BBB.org to see unresolved complaints or negative feedback.
- Beware of jobs that involve receiving and returning money – Legitimate companies usually do not send money to new employees before the job is done. They certainly do not ask you to return funds that you have already paid.
- Be careful with your personal information – Never give anyone personal information until you are sure you can trust them. Do all the necessary research before revealing anything personal. Never allow anyone to pressure you to give up your information because it is an offer now or never.
- Watch out for easy hires – If a company claims that it wants to hire you without meeting virtually or in person, and if it does not conduct a job interview, you are probably dealing with a fraudster.
If you come across such a scam, report it BBB.org/ScamTracker.
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