Employment Scammers and the Traps They Use to Rip You Off Clark.com Posted 10 months ago Be careful! According to an alert issued by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), scammers are sending out fake job postings and bogus recruiter emails to prey on job hunters, with the goal of obtaining valuable personal information. How to spot a fake job offer: “These scammers often use real company names and can be very convincing,” assured Paula Fleming, a BBB spokeswoman who covers the Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont areas. “Applicants may think they are starting a new career with a great company, but what they are really doing is giving personal information to scammers,” she added. When searching for a job, it is always advisable to verify the contact information found in the email, including the name of the sender, their occupation, and the address and phone number of the company they supposedly represent. If any of this information appears suspicious, visit the employer’s website directly to verify the information and make sure that the position is listed there. There are other red flags to watch out for as well. The BBB says that the following are three signs to help you detect a false employment offer: >>You feel pressured. Scammers want their emails to stand out, so they often contact applicants several times to offer a job interview. >>They request payment. You should not need to pay money to be considered for a job or hired by a company. Never provide your personal and banking information to run a credit check or set up direct deposit. >>Often, scammers will offer what appear to be easy, work-from-home job opportunities. Many scam communications include lines such as “required to work the first 15 days from home while offices are under construction.” In these cases, ask specifically where the office is located. Have you received a fake job offer via email? The BBB wants to hear from you! Report your case to help prevent more online scams.