Job Scam Resources
Scamming really is one of the oldest tricks in the book, and a good scammer can make something so convincing that you may not realize you've been had until it's too late!
Here are some new job scams you should be aware of, as well as other sources for job scam info.
Job Scams on LinkedIn
There has been a report of scams posted on LinkedIn, where the job seeker ends up receiving a check and is asked to send some money back as a "one-time fee." The check, of course, is a fake, so the job seeker ends up losing the money they send. Reminder: no serious recruiter will ask for money for a job. If they do, it's a scam.
The Chicago better Business Bureau has issued a warning about scammers who create fake profiles on LinkedIn, then send scam messages through LinkedIn, posing as recruiters. In general, when connecting to a recruiter on LinkedIn, do some online research to make sure they're really who they say they are!
Phishing Scam using Spherion's Name
The staffing company Spherion has become aware of a recent phishing scam. Ads appearing on Craigslist use the Spherion name, but when you try to apply for the job, you're asked to pay for a background check. This scam attempts to get both payment and personal information.
WIA Credit Card Scam
A job seeker in McHenry County was contacted by someone claiming to represent a WIA or WIOA program, and who asked for the job seeker's credit card information. No one in a real WIA or WIOA program will ever ask for credit card information or for money. If you have been asked for money or credit card info, IT IS A SCAM. If this happens to you, please let us know ASAP!
Fake "Update Your Profile" Email Scam
This scam specifically involves someone pretending to be a workNet DuPage representative. A job seeker received an email containing the following instructions:
For your security, please use the following link to change your interest categories and/or personal profile information:
>Update your profile<
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us.
Sincerely, [workNet staff member name]
No one at workNet DuPage would ever send such an email. If you receive this email, do not click that link and please let us know ASAP!
Fake Recruiter Charges Job Seeker $13,000
As reported earlier this year by NBC, a company named EDC has apparentlybeen posting fake jobs to lure you in, then tries to sell you their services. An area man says they tried to charge him $13,000. Remember: real recruiters are paid by the employer and never charge job seekers. If a job recruiter wants money, it's probably a scam!.
Scammers Posing as Real Companies
Some scammer have actually started using familiar company names, to help lure you in, often with promises of "work from home," "no experience needed," and compensation that is too good to be true. Here's a good rule of thumb: if it sounds way too good to be true, it probably is! This article at the Better Business Bureau give more details and tips.
Scammers posing as USG: One recent and specific example of this involved scammers posing as the well-known Chicago-based company USG. People received fraudulent emails referencing part-time work-from-home jobs at USG. These emails are part of a scam and do not come from USG or it's affiliates. Here is an example of such a fraudulent email.
Other Job Scam Resources and Info
From AARP: 5 Ways to Spot a Job Scam
From the FTC: Job-Hunting/Job Scams
From USA.gov: Jobs and Education Scams
From the FBI: Scams and Safety