Be alert to online job offers

By Diane Walker - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A skeptical viewer received what he believes is a job scam after posting his resume online. He asked 12 On Your Side to investigate the company that's offering him a job, that sounded too good to be true.

For the most part, people are safe posting resumes. Companies, like career builder dot com have so many security features in place. So, because of this fake job offer, we had to look into how a bogus company is able to get someone's email address to be able to send a fraudulent job offer.

The biggest red flag it's a scam is the huge salary being offered for so little work.  It's the type of email; the internet crime complaint center works to shut down.

"The individual is offered a position that pays 23 hundred dollars a month and works only 3 days a week. Who amongst us would not want a job like that," said Craig Butterworth, Internet Crime Complaint Center.

That's the appeal, with so many people out of work; the market is ripe for scammers. Butterworth believes crooks got this persons email address, not necessarily through career builders dot com, but through an open search.

"The individuals name is available in a variety of different venues online; you just have to know where to look," said Butterworth.

We did our own online research on 'Cert Group, Inc', the company making the ridiculous offer. It does not exist. It's a fake company reaching out to vulnerable people looking for work.

"If there's no online presence for this company, that should raise a red flag instantly. People are still very desperate for work. They are looking high and low for jobs," Butterworth said.

Butterworth says do your own search, and never give a company your information without knowing there's. In this instance, the first inquiry is a subtle setup, the next contact; the thief will get what he needs.

"'Please provide bank act number routing number and we'll be all set.' You can fully expect your identity will be compromised and your acct. Looted. We are convinced it is a scam," said Butterworth.

Career builder dot com says it has a team that monitors job postings and resume database purchases. It also scrubs its database to protect sensitive information job seekers might include in their resume. Job seekers are also warned not to give their social security number or bank information.

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