BBB Cautions About Scams Aimed at Job Seekers

The Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina (USA) is asking people to maintain caution while hunting for jobs via classified sites on the Internet. As per consumers, following many e-mail communications with the so-called firm, an e-mail link directed them onto a website, wherein they were asked for their financial and personal information.

Reportedly, a consumer from Raleigh (North Carolina, USA) replied to an advertisement that appeared on Raleigh Craigslist regarding the post of a receptionist at one of Raleigh's reputed dental clinic. The ad though provided no name of the company or contact information, but gave a Gmail id to which interested applicants could write.

Within about seven days of electronically mailing the bio-data, a message came to the individual; though not from the same address as was mentioned in the ad. The e-mail apparently showing the signature of the Office Manager of Dental Arts, David Pohl, indicated that the vacancy no longer existed; however, there was another for an administrative post. Wake MyNC.com reported this on December 18, 2009.

Shortly, another e-mail came to the individual stating that the post was going to be vacant soon, with the addition that the person appointed to it would get a free kit of teeth-whitening tools. However, to pay for the delivery charges of the kit, the individual needed to furnish his credit card details on a fake website, the new e-mail stated.

Apart from this, a woman from Virginia (USA) was similarly scammed when she wrote in response to an unclear Craigslist advertisement for certain customer service post.

Remarking about the problem, Kevin Hinterberger, president of BBB, Greensboro (North Carolina, USA) stated that people's desperation for jobs gave scammers scope to attack. News-record.com published this on December 13, 2009. He added that more and more people hunting for jobs means a greater opportunity for the scammers.

Meanwhile, according to the BBB officials, to remain safe from scams, people should avoid paying for information regarding a job or for any material required for doing the work. Finally, people should remain cautious of any opportunity or offer that sounds too good to be real.

Related article: BBA Outlines Steps To Ward Off Online Fraud

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