Beware of Fraudulent Employment Schemes

Fraudulent employment schemes continue to circulate via email.

The scheme involves scammers impersonating legitimate businesses to review online résumés and contact job seekers via email with the offer of an interview and potential employment opportunity.

The emails indicate that a company representative would like to conduct an online interview with job seekers through Yahoo Instant Messenger. The scammer’s objective is to collect additional personal information that is not available on job seekers' résumés. Once “hired,” the new employees typically receive checks from a fake bank that cannot be cashed.

Job Service makes every effort to carefully screen employers and job postings on jobsnd.com and takes all fraudulent activity seriously. If you are contacted by individuals or a company that requests to communicate with you through suspicious communication means, do not communicate with these individuals.

If the individual or company has communicated with you through a suspicious email, do not click on any links in the email, and do not provide any personal information such as:

  • Social Security Number
  • Driver’s License Number
  • Bank Account Information
  • Credit Card Information
  • Passwords
  • Date of Birth

Here are some red flags to look for in job postings or emails that may indicate fraudulent activity:

  • The posting or email contains spelling, spacing, and grammatical errors.
  • The employer offers to send you a check before you do any work.
  • The employer offers you a job without ever interacting with you.
  • The employer is using a personal email address instead of a company email address
    (i.e. John.Doe @ yahoo.com rather than John.Doe @ companyname.com.)
  • The position requires an initial financial investment.
  • The employer requests personal information such as your credit card or bank account numbers, or other personal financial information.
  • You are asked to make payments of any kind in advance.
  • The employer website is not active or routes to an unaffiliated website.

Remember, Job Service makes every effort to prevent fraudulent activity and prevent abuse of our systems. Contact Job Service if you suspect that you may be a victim of this type of fraudulent employment activity.