RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If you are looking for a job, be warned crooks are targeting job sites.They are looking to fool you with bogus job offers. A viewer called 12 after she was nearly deceived.
Times are tough for Janel Ely. "It's been rough, I have been out of work for a year in a half," she says. She's without work, but no job doesn't mean the bills stop. A lot of bills to pay: utility bills, medical bills...
"I have a quite of few medical bills," Ely says.
She's been on a couple of interviews, but nothing seemed to fall into place. Ely thought she was in luck when someone contacted her through email, claiming to be a potential employer. The sender says they saw her resume on Snagajob.com, a local job search engine, and requested an online meeting.
"So I did that, and what followed was about a two to three hour interview" Ely says.
After hours chatting online, she admits she was hooked... but then came warning signs.
"I started being suspicious when they said they were going to send me a check for office supplies, because it was a work at home thing," she explained.
It's not just Snagajob, when you post your resume on any job site, you are a target. It's a common scheme: crooks post bogus ads hoping that you will take the bait. Many times, they are after your personal information or money. They'll send a check in the mail and try to get you to wire back some cash.
"It makes me really upset, because here we are struggling to find jobs to make ends meet. I have a family. I have children," Ely says.
She reported her experience to Snagajob and it immediately apologized and took down the fraudulent post.
The company also sent us this statement: "Thank you for reaching out. Our job seeker customers are our number one priority and I'm happy to share with you our multi-step process to ensure we are doing everything possible to combat individuals on the internet who are attempting to scam our customers. Our industry is more vulnerable to possible scams than others and that is why we have such a dedicated team working at protecting our customers.
Snagajob's scam response process:
Customer support: This team monitors our entire site for suspicious activity to try and catch all scams before they reach our job seekers. In the event a scam does reach them and it is reported to us, we respond immediately with an email similar to what Janel received to educate the job seeker on how to protect themselves against future scams and how to report any and all suspicious activity.
Security Center: Our Security Center, which can be accessed right from our homepage (http://www.snagajob.com/security/) addresses safe practices, scam/threat awareness and ways to report possible scams to Snagajob and the Internet Crime Complaint Center - a partnership between the FBI and national White Collar Crime Center.
Customer Awareness: Our team proactively communicates possible scam treats to our job seekers and shares best practices to help them avoid being a victim of fraud. (http://www.snagajob.com/content-search/resources/?s=scam)
Our team is doing everything is can to protect our customers like Janel and appreciate her helping us flag this specific scam attempt."
Snagjob also has a security section on its website warning about common schemes and how you can report them. It also provides tips, like never wiring money to a potential employer. Ely says if you're looking for a job read it.
"You have saved yourself a lot of heartache, a lot of regret," Ely says.
Snagajob also recommends jobs seekers do a background check on the company they are interested in, especially if it's a company they are not familiar with.
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