Learn the warning signs of fake online job postings.
GREENSBORO, NC -- 2 Wants to Know has found some of the people who want your bank account information are posing as employers. The state counted more than 322,000 people in North Carolina looking for jobs. That's a big pool for con-artists to pick from. The fake job postings are winding up here on on-line job sites. They're right next to the real job postings. A News 2 viewer knew something wasn't right. She contacted Call for Action in the hopes of warning other job seekers.
At first glance, it may look like a typical on-line job response. But with a closer look, you'll see the employer wants to do an interview using Yahoo instant messenger. Job site expert Jeff Dickey-Chasins says, "It's not uncommon for companies to want to do initial interviews via phone or via Skype, but doing interviews through messaging is not common in my experience with the vast majority of companies that are out there is."
We showed the messenger text to Jeff as well. He saw a potential problem when the interviewer asks the job seeker's age. Then after several normal questions, the interviewer asks, "What bank do you operate with?" Jeff says, "It was interesting the way he engaged the candidate with a whole bunch of questions and then he tried to sneak in the questions about that the bank stuff at the very end."
The job seeker typed, "I am not comfortable sharing this information via messenger." The interviewer replied, "I did not ask you for your bank details. I asked you the name of bank you are operating." Again the job seeker typed, "I am not comfortable sharing via messenger. If there are direct deposit forms I can download through the company website I will be glad to fill those out."
Jeff says, "If you walked into the company and were interviewing and they started asking you can have your Social Security number, your birthday, your bank account - you'd get up and walk out. The same rules hold when you're looking at jobs online."
Our job sites expert says there are other give-aways the job posting is fake:
- Excessive pay for easy work -- like answering phones for $35 an hour
- The exact same ad runs for multiple locations
- Generic emails addresses like Gmail or Yahoo.
Many job websites have people on staff who hunt for fake job listings. They look for the same red flags you should. Are they liable for it if one slips through and you apply and a con man takes your money? No. They're an advertising medium just like the newspaper. But if you see a fake listing, you should tell the job site about it.