ACS warns of employment scams
Con artists have gone beyond identity theft by branching out into the employment market. Almost every employment application requires online submission. Job seekers who use online job search websites must be careful to avoid a type of job scam in which the applicant is asked to accept payment to his or her bank account. These are known as payment forwarding or payment transfer scams.
The following is a list of employment scam red flags:
Do not agree to have startup funds or paychecks deposited into your account by a new employer.
Do not forward, wire, or transfer money to a new employer.
Do not transfer money and retain a portion for payment.
Look for anything unusual in the office i.e. misspelled words, no company logo, email address or official business address located on the job offer.
Beware of signed offers that do not have the phone or fax number listed.
Beware of requests for social security numbers and / or driver’s license information, especially if you have not met your employer.
Check out companies and businesses with the Better Business Bureau.
If you are a victim of a job scam please consider the following:
Close all bank accounts where the scam took place.
Order a credit report from all three bureaus at annualcreditreport.com (You may want to consider putting a fraud alert on all three credit reports.)
Report the company name, job title and job posting to the site where the scam was posted.
File a police report with the local authorities.
Do close all email addresses associated with the job scam.
Do file a complaint online at www.ftc.gov
To find a consumer agency near you, visit the U.S. government consumer’s assistance directory at: www.consumeraction. gov/state.
To order a copy of your credit report( s) use the following phone numbers:
Contact Melissa Smith, ACS employment readiness program manager, at 791-7878 for more information on employment opportunities.