Job Scams

It can sometimes be difficult to determine if a job opportunity or offer is the real-deal or a proposal just too good to be true. We have seen many of our Members scammed by these all too common scams which can leave you with compromised personal information or responsible for uncollectable funds.
Beware of vague job descriptions or job requirements. Individuals should also be wary of providing confidential or personal information. Any time someone asks you to deposit a check and send money, a wire, or gift cards back to them is a giant red flag!

The Federal Trade Commission has stated on their website that scammers know that finding a job can be tough. To trick people looking for honest work, scammers advertise where real employers and job placement firms do. They also make upbeat promises about your chances of employment, and virtually all of them ask you to pay them for their services before you get a job. But the promise of a job isn’t the same thing as a job. If you have to pay for the promise, it’s likely a scam.
The FTC has also provided the following signs of potential job scams.


Signs of a Job Scam
Scammers advertise jobs where legitimate employers do — online, in newspapers, and even on TV and radio. Here’s how to tell whether a job lead may be a scam:

You need to pay to get the job
They may say they’ve got a job waiting, or guarantee to place you in a job, if you just pay a fee for certification, training materials, or their expenses placing you with a company. But after you pay, the job doesn’t materialize. Employers and employment firms shouldn’t ask you to pay for the promise of a job.

You need to supply your credit card or bank account information
Don't give out your credit card or bank account information over the phone to a company unless you're familiar with them and have agreed to pay for something. Anyone who has your account information can use it.

For additional information from the Federal Trade Commission, visit their website at www.consumer.ftc.gov/