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Scammers Now Targeting Job Seekers

Janna Keihl, Texas Panhandle Better Business Bureau Janna Keihl, Texas Panhandle Better Business Bureau

Maxine Ridling
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - The Better Business Bureau is warning the unemployed in our area, scammers are now targeting people who are seeking jobs.

The scammers will e-mail or call saying you have qualified for the job and would like for you to apply. They then charge you for an application fee and take your credit card information.

The CEO of the Texas Panhandle Better Business Bureau Janna Keihl says this is not just another scam targeting senior citizens, they are also going after a much younger generation.

"Scams don't really have any demographic specifics like they used to," Keihl says, "Before the Internet and e-mail scams were targeted towards people who stayed at home answering the phone or getting mail those were typically people who stayed at home like senior citizens."

The BBB says the scammers will make the job seem to good to be true. Offering more benefits to someone who is not qualified. The scam is known to trick people into thinking they have an interview and then retrieve your personal information.

"On job sites, they will put up information saying ya know there is a job opening when there really isn't or once they hook you they will ask for personal information and you ask yourself why would I be paying money up front to get a job," Keihl added.

If you feel like you may have been a victim of this scam call the Better Business Bureau at 806-379-6222 or click here to go to it's web site.

The Better Business Bureau offered these tips.

• The employer offers the opportunity to become rich without leaving home. While many legitimate businesses allow employees to work from home, there are also many scammers trying to take advantage of senior citizens, stay-at-home moms, students and disabled workers looking to make money conveniently at home. Job hunters should use extreme caution when considering a work-at-home offer and always research the company first.

• The salary and benefits offered seem too-good-to-be-true. Phony employers might brag about exceptionally high salary potential and excellent benefits for little work and no experience necessary, in order to lure unsuspecting job hunters into their scams.

• Employer e-mails are rife with grammatical and spelling errors. Online fraud is often perpetrated by scammers located outside the U.S. Their first language usually isn't English and this is often evident in their poor grasp of the language.

• The employer is quick to ask for personal information. A typical scam involves awarding someone a job without an interview and then asking for personal information, such as social security or bank account numbers. A job applicant should never give out his or her Social Security or bank account numbers over the phone or email. It should be done in person, even for a telecommuting job, and only after he or she has confirmed the job is legitimate.

•The job requires you to wire money. Many phony jobs require the employee to cash a check sent by the company through the mail and then wire a portion of the money on to another entity. Reasons given for this requirement vary from scam to scam. The check might clear the employee's bank account but will eventually turn out to be a fake and the employee is out the money he or she wired back to the scammers.

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