Don't fall for phony job offers
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Many North Carolinians are looking for work—and scammers are working hard to take advantage of them. Be skeptical of job offers that sound too good to be true, and always research a company thoroughly before you agree to accept a job.
Be especially careful if you apply for jobs online or post your resume on career sites. One North Carolina consumer recently applied for a job she found while searching the web but the job turned out to be a scam. The position promised a weekly salary of $700 to serve as personal assistant to someone overseas, with duties to include banking and processing orders. Fortunately, the website where she learned about the job figured out that the job was fraudulent and warned her.
Here are some warning signs that a job you’re offered may be a scam:
- You’re asked to pay money upfront.
- You’re asked to provide a lot of personal information upfront, such as your Social Security Number or bank account number.
- You’re promised a high salary for little work.
- You’re promised work as a mystery shopper, or asked to do work that involves cashing checks or transferring money.
If you spot a possible job scam, report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or filing a complaint online