Internet scams continue to be a hot topic for today. It’s even hotter this year because so many people are out of work, many whom are desperate to find a job, any job to keep the bills paid and food on the table. So, why not create scams around “jobs” right? After all it will get a lot of attention from people and a lot of action. It’s the kind of action scammers love! And, they are laughing all the way to the bank. Why? Because we keep falling for them that’s why!
More than anything now we should be very, very careful with just about everything we do as consumers on the Internet. It’s FRAUD heaven. One example where FRAUD runs rampant is Craigslist.org. However, there are warning signs posted all over that website. There’s a lot going on at Craigslist, so consumers beware! For them to go out of their way to post so many warning signs is a red flag in itself. It means FRAUD is rampant here!
In a previous article I wrote “Why I Don’t Post Jobs On Craigslist.org”. In that article I explained my dance with fraud involving the copyright infringement of my website http://fairrecruitmentagency.com. They used it to post jobs on Craigslist.org in four different states under three different categories. It took me seven straight days of working twelve hours a day to finally have the jobs removed and the web page suspended. Only to find out the next day the jobs were back on Craigslist using a different staffing company, not mine. I contacted them to explain what happened to me. I left a message on their voicemail and my contact information. I certainly didn’t want anyone else to go through what I went through. The frustration, the stress, the worry about receiving complaints, and the non-stop phone calls each day I received.
Here are some warning signs you should look out for:
1. No contact information is posted.
2. Mail your resume to an email address, no attention name, no company name, no company address, website address or phone number, just an email address.
3. You don’t know who you will be working for. What’s the name of the company?
4. The domain name if you are taken to a different web page is uniquely different from the company name. Like my example; The Fair Recruitment Agency LLC with a domain name of www.ikulich.com. Why would I want that domain name or website address? Sounds fishy to me!
5. Research any company name you see associated with the posting. Smart applicants googled The Fair Recruitment Agency LLC and found me, the real Mc Coy. Many others just sent their resumes in to the email address supplied. Identity Fraud! Don’t you smell it?
6. Find out as much information as you can about the posting by researching the Internet. At the very least try and talk to someone, and verify what they posted.
7. Call the BBB, Attorney General Office, Consumer Affairs or the Consumer Protection Agency. They talk about fraud everyday. Visit their websites. You’ll be surprised at what you find.
8. Contact Craigslist, even write your local Congressman. Until we get all of the government agencies involved in this job posting scam, it will continue to happen, and people will continue to get scammed.
9. If the pay appears to be too good to be true, you know what they say, it generally is. A Valet Parking position most likely will be less than $12.00 an hour. Keep in mind they want to make it attractive enough for you to apply.
10. If no one calls you for an interview, and you get an email from a totally different person who you sent your information to, telling you, you’re hired, THAT’S A SCAM!
I know it’s tough out there. Believe me I do. But as job seekers we have to take the time to research companies you are sending your information to when applying for jobs. How do these scammers get away with it? All they do is use the existing scams out there, and re-dress them up as new ones. Jobs are a hot topic. Millions of people are out of work. The holidays are coming. Pay attention people!
Don’t allow the scammers to continue to rob billions of dollars from the American people. We have worked hard for what little money we have left. So, as I said before consumer beware! There is a lot going on at Craigslist.org.