It just amazes me in the year 2010 we as American citizens are still falling for these check cashing scams. Through my research I have discovered these scams have changed their ugly heads many times, but the outcome remains the same. It often starts out with a promise to deliver something usually a service not really a product. For example, the hot topic of today is still jobs. While it has been officially announced the “recession/depression” is over, many of us remain unemployed. So, we’re still looking for jobs anywhere and every where we can find them. One of those places job candidates frequent is to craigslist.org. Don’t get me wrong, scams are everywhere and in my opinion they exist on every job board, not just on craigslist.org.
So, Jo-Ann why talk about craigslist.org? Because of my own personal experience with that website when they used my company’s information to post jobs that were scams. When jobs are posted on any particular website, we as the job seekers take them at face value despite the red flags. If you notice craigslist.org has many red flags posted all over the place. Don’t ignore them. They are there for a reason. During the months of September and October I have spent many hours of my time doing research on these job posting scams that turn out to be check cashing fraud. I read many, many blogs of people that had applied for these jobs on craigslist.org and were victims of these scams. What people tend to do is write about their experience after it happens to warn others not to fall prey to these scams. What we need as consumers is a constant stream of information that will continue these warnings by bringing to our attention the scams are really the same with a little twist. Sorry to say but the news media needs to communicate this by having daily commentaries with real live victims who can tell their stories every day.
Some news stations feature commentaries like 20/20, Shame On You, and Good Morning America often talk about this type of thing. But, what I would like to see is it talked about during prime time when the news of the day is being communicated not wait for a separate show. There are so many stories they talk about during prime time that can be talked about during a separate show like how they rescued the cat out of the tree etc and talk about things that are hot buttons during this time of recession. But, here’s what I have to say. If you applied for a job posting for Cleaning Person Needed, General Warehouse Workers Needed, Housekeeper Wanted-PT, Seeking Reliable/Hard-Working Assistant, Doorman, Airport Valet, Valet Needed, Restaurant Dishwashers, or Classifieds Advertiser and the only information you are given is an email address to send your information to, put your antennas up and start thinking scam.
Even if you take the time to respond and they respond back by email with a story about sending you a check they want you to cash, it’s a scam. What people have been doing instead is waiting for the check and putting the check into their bank accounts to see if it will clear. Once you put that check into your bank account you have already been scammed! They have your account information. So, don’t take it that far. File a complaint like a good citizen of this country should do and notify the authorities. Don’t take the check to your bank! Why on earth did you fall for that? So, listen up! Right now these scammers are winning the battle against us. There is more of us than them so why can’t we win this war? Don’t you want this to stop or kept to such a minimum we don’t even notice it’s around? I do! I just can’t understand why we keep falling for this over and over again. We should have put them out of business long ago. Can everyone who is looking for a job get on this bandwagon with me called “Don’t Cash The Check, It’s A Scam!” Tell all of your friends, colleagues, neighbors, relatives who are looking for employment what to watch out for especially if you have been there like I have. If they say they are going to mail you a check they want you to cash, tell them don’t fall for that, listen up!