On Your Side: Job Scam

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News 12 at 6 o'clock, October 23, 2007

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC -- If you're in the market for a job, you may want to be careful; new scams are emerging in the form of job ads. They sound great, but they're not trying to help you put money in your bank account, they are actually trying to steal money out of it.

Evelyn Robinson has always put her children first, which is why it's taken her awhile to finish college. "I'm the first in my family to graduate with a bachelor's degree," she said.

She's graduating next May and she's trying to get a head start on the job search now. She put her resume on www.careerbuilder.com. She got some responses, but one really caught her attention. "This last one was a doozy," she said.

The response came from a company claiming to be Forbes. It promised a job making $2,000 a week. It sounded pretty good to Evelyn, so she started filling out the application.

"When I got to the last part that says ‘Submit Application’, it kicked back and said you have to put in your bank account information," Evelyn said.

That raised a huge red flag. Who needs bank account information for someone that hasn't been hired yet?

12 On Your Side checked with www.careerbuilder.com for some information. It turns out the ad is a scam and its only purpose is to trick people into handing over their personal information so someone can rip them off.

Here is some advice when searching for jobs online:
1) Be careful with any employer who makes you pay a fee to get hired.
2) Do not provide any personal information like your social security number or bank account info unless you know the employer is legitimate.
3) Lastly, be cautious with any employer that offers a job without interviewing you.

It's all about being careful, something Evelyn is incredibly glad she was.

One more thing: be very careful with links to any job site sent to you in an email. A lot of times those will take you to fake sites that will try to steal your identity.

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