Public is being warned about foreign scams that target folks buying or selling cars most especially in job hunting online.
Due to the convenience of online job hunting it makes the practice of employment fraud much easier and less risky for criminals.
Job scams are just around as long as jobs and job hunters are there. Job scam artist knows lots of techniques to swindles money from job hunters. Among the two common online job scams to watch out for are phony job opportunities and unsolicited job recruiters.
Phony Job Opportunities
Phony job opportunities sounds too good to be true, scammers post job ads on legitimate job sites. To make it more believable, they often make use of familiar-looking or convincing company logos and verbiage and sometimes they even provides links to sham Web sites that appear to be those of real organizations.
Phony job opportunities start when job hunters send their personal information called phishing. It is a type of trick designed to steal your identity. In phishing scams, con artists try to get you to reveal important personal data, like credit card numbers, passwords, account data, or other information, by persuading you to provide it under false pretenses. It can be carried out in person or over the phone, and are delivered online through spam e-mail or pop-up windows in popular websites that you trust.
Unsolicited Job Recruiters
On the other hand, when the con artists have scanned personal Web pages and resumes on public job sites, they pose as job recruiters and send out unsolicited e-mail (or spam) to potential candidates with job opportunities or staffing services.
The job scam artist will try to get their victim's confidence with their sweet-tongued and phony resources to extract personal information, even over the phone. Remember, your credit card numbers, passwords, account data, social security number, date of birth, home address, and marital status are information typically not required before an in-person interview.
Don’t Waste Your Money
Job scam artist might also charge fees for services they will never render. Typically then after a few days, the thieves close down the scam and disappear.
The Illinois Attorney General (AG) is investigating suspicious job openings that appear to be an offer to help a "Habitat for Humanity" type of project. But in fact, it's not for Habitat, and it’s not legitimate.
The AG says the job offer requires you to cash checks and wire money overseas.
Beware in any job offer that requires you to use your own bank account. This could lose you thousands of dollars.