RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - We have a 12 on Your Side Alert for anyone who has posted their resume online, looking for a job. Scammers are using that information to trick you.
This new scam plays on people's desperation to find work. It uses the name of a legitimate company to gain the trust of job seekers, in hopes of ultimately stealing their identities and money.
"I saw your resume on CareerBuilder.com." It's a sentence millions of job seekers like Rosa Jones hope to see in their inboxes to land their next big break.
"I would hope that they're looking to hire me, instead of trying to pull some type of scam," said Jones.
Unfortunately, that second instinct is the right one.
The company sends an email, filled with grammar mistakes and misspelled words, to explain the process. It will send you checks or money orders to deposit into your account. You keep a portion of that money and then transfer the rest to another company. What you don't know is the company is in cahoots with the original scammers and now they have your bank account information.
The scam email goes on to ask for your important personal information including name, address and social security number.
"Anyone who knows their way around in Cyberspace can use that information to commit a host of different crimes all in your name," said Craig Butterworth of the National White Collar Crime.
The scam promises $2,000 a month for simply transferring some money. You're hired through email with no background check or interview.
"While some things may happen initially on the Internet, ultimately you will meet face to face with your employer. Don't try to get around that. It just doesn't happen," said Butterworth.
The message from the White Collar Crime Center is simple: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
In addition to the years it may take to get back your identity, some victims of this scam have actually faced criminal penalties for depositing counterfeit checks.