If you've ever been out of work, then you know jobs are hard to come by. To make matters worse, crooks are trolling reputable websites hoping to fool desperate job seekers. A local company was targeted and contacted 12 On Your Side to warn others.
If you're looking for work, at first glance, a recent job offer on Craigslist may look legit. It claimed to be for an office position with ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions. The ad says you can make $15.75 an hour. Terrence Banks with ClearPoint says it looked real enough to fool job seekers, and even him. "We were outraged and we did immediate actions to try and stop it," Banks said.
He says if someone hadn't notified them, ClearPoint would never have known. "Actually, the consumer was looking for the job opportunity and found out they were phishing for information. In fact, it lead her to a different site where they asked her to upload a resume. I mean they got really in depth with how they were pushing the scam," he said.
The eager jobseeker became suspicious when the person claiming to be from ClearPoint told them they needed to pay some cash to upload a resume. When ClearPoint found out about the fake posting, it quickly contacted Craigslist and other agencies to warn the public.
Craigslist took down that fake job post and has a section dedicated to warning users about scams. ClearPoint says it does use third party sites like Craigslist to post jobs but says you should always double check on its website to confirm the job offer is real. If any post claiming to be a job offer is asking you for money, steer clear.
"This is not the first time ClearPoint has been targeted for a scam, usually it is for debt settlement , advanced fees up front," Banks says. The Better Business Bureau put out an alert when it got word of the job deception. The agency says don't give up any information until you have confirmed the job offer is real. Crooks know good jobs are hard to come by and they hope by misusing a company's good name, they can fool you.
The BBB says another sign that a job posting may not be legit, is if you are urged to pay for a credit check, or the person is trying to get your banking information to set up a direct deposit -- before you are hired.