Job Offer Email Scam
Warning: A recent email scam has been reported where the culprit sends the victim an email offering a work from home job position. After a few emails back and fourth they may send you a check but request that part of the cash be sent back. The "company's" check will eventually bounce but the victims will go through, they will take the money and end communication.
Please check out this brief video about job scams presented by the Federal Trade Commission
SIGNS TO LOOK FOR
1. Offer is Too Good to be True - If you didn't contact them, and they are offering you an amazing job, and without even interviewing you get hired. These are all suspicious indicators that you being taken for a ride
2. Vague Job Requirements and Job Description - Must be 18 or older, must want to make up to 500 dollars a day working just a few hours. Gee. That sounds just like you doesn't it? Scammers will often list job requirements with standards that everyone can meet.
3. Unprofessional Emails
Some emails from scammers are well-written, but many are not. Real companies hire professionals who can write well. If the email contains spelling, capitalization, punctuation or grammatical mistakes, be on your guard.
4. Emails Don't Include Contact Information or Are Sent From a Personal Email Account
If the email doesn't include the company's address and phone, it's a good bet that it's a scam. And it's a good bet that it's a scam if the interviewer makes an excuse for using a personal email address by saying the company's servers are down, or the company is experiencing too many problems with spam, or the company hasn't yet set up its email system.
Tip: Look at the email address carefully, then copy/paste it into the search box. You can also type in the word ‘scam' after the email address to see if someone else has reported the company.
5. Search Results Don't Add Up
Before agreeing to an interview, do your research. If it's a real company, you should be able to find information about the company by doing an online search. Finding information does not guarantee that the company is legit, but if you can't find anything, you can bet it's a scam.
6. You're Asked to Provide Confidential Information
Some scammers ask for your bank account information to set up direct deposit or transfer money to your account, or ask you to open a new bank account and provide the information to them. Other scammers will tell you to go to a website and fill out a credit report form or provide confidential information so they can "put you on the company insurance." Identity theft scams try to get you to provide your Social Security number and birth date and other personal information.
Tip: Before entering personal information online, check to make sure the website is secure by looking at the web address bar. The address should be https:// not http://
7. They Say They Will Send You Money or Valuables, or They Want to Use Your Personal Bank Account to Transfer Funds
Some of my readers tell me that they've received checks that look like real cashiers checks. They are instructed to deposit the check, keep some of the money for themselves and send the rest of the money to someone else via Western Union or Money Gram. Then, a few days or weeks later, they get a call from the bank saying the check is fake. They have lost money they sent.
8. They Want You to Pay for Something
Legitimate companies don't ask for money. If you're told that you need to purchase software or pay for services, beware.
If you ever have a question or concern about an email please contact the CTS Help Desk at 412-396-4357 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.