Craigslist, why is it a scammer dream?
When you are looking for a job, the most convenient, least time consuming and hence the best place to look is Craiglist. Craiglist jobs are jobs available on an online classified website expediently categorized by city. The internet has taken over the process of finding a job in this otherwise difficult economy that matches your expertise and salary needs, making things far much easier. However, the same technology that made it easier to find the job you need has similarly made it easier unscrupulous scammers to take advantage of unsuspecting job seekers. Scammers are particularly prevalent in Craiglist because the job posts are absolutely free. Below are examples.
Craiglist’s Money Making Scams
1. Fake Online Job application scam
This involves an email prompting you to complete your job application online. On clicking to find out more about the job offer, an applicant is directed to a link which in turn takes them to a site where they are asked to fill out personal information. The information is used to steal your identity. To stay safe, do not give out your personal info especially your bank account or credit card information while applying for any Craiglist jobs.
2. Buy Programs/software Scams
In this case, you apply for any Craiglist jobs; you are instructed to create a Google group for job briefings and interview date notification. Afterward, you are instructed by someone who claims to be a company employee to purchase software in advance. To confuse you more, the employee informs you that the company will reimburse you later on after being employed. Once you part with your money the company as well as the employee disappears.
3. Software scams
This scam is particularly rampant for those Craiglist jobs scams which promise you that you will work from home. You are taken through a process where you complete interview tasks. You are informed that since you will be working from home, the company needs to set you up by giving you relevant software provided free by the company. To get the training materials you are instructed to deposit a certain amount of money in your account and send the same to the Western Union. As soon as you send the money the employee dodges you until you give up.
4. Direct Deposit Scams
After applying for a certain Craiglist job, you are given the job through email and informed that the company pays all its employees through Direct Deposits facilitated by the banking institution associated with the company. This implies no additional costs for employees. That being the case, you are instructed to visit a website to sign up. In the website, you are asked to first register for Direct Deposit, please indicate your ideal interview date and time. The website further explains that your Direct Deposit account information is required in advance because the company processes payment information while arranging your interview.
5. Probationary Employment scam
You apply for Craiglist jobs and an email is sent saying you were selected among few other people to go through a short provisional period. In most cases, spammers who perpetuate this scam use a company and website that appears legitimate. They then proceed to give you a contract that contains personal information to complete. The spammers use crucial personal information such as Social Security number to swindle you of your money.
6.Fake Nanny Jobs
Some Craiglist jobs involve a scammer pretending to look for young and inexperienced persons such as nannies and babysitters. He or she claims that their family is new in the area and hence need someone to take care of the children in the family. In an attempt to conceal their intention, they offer an attractive salary, but not big enough for the applicants to suspect something. On hiring someone, they mail a check together with instructions on what to buy with the money. Such instructions include buying items and groceries for the new house deducting their salary and paying rent for the new house. The upbeat employee will use money from her own account to pay the landlord who is part of the scam. After the employee parts with her money, everyone disappears.
An employer posts a job in Craiglist jobs claims their company is having difficulties receiving payments from customers because of some issues with their country’s financial regulations or even the bank. He then offers to pay a fraction of each sale to anyone who is willing to receive payments into their account, deduct their share and finally wire the remaining to the employer. The received payments will, of course, be fraudulent or even bounce making the employee lose any money they wired.
Tips on how to avoid Craiglist scammers
• If you suspect any job post is fake follow the guidelines below to avoid wasting your precious time, money and energy;
• You should delay sending your resume until you establish the credibility of the post. Inform them that while you’re interested in the job, you would like to first know more about the company including its location. Also, ask who you should send the resume to.
• Search for any suspicious job title in the search engines and see if the search results bring out other cities with precisely the same job post.
• If they send you an email, check the name of the company and its website. Make sure that the company actually exists before proceeding to avoid wasting your valuable time pursuing a fake job offer.
• Visit the website you are given. Is the website legitimate or does it simply redirects you to yet another site? Remove some additions to the website name to see what the website actually deals with. Bogus websites will have absolutely nothing to do with the job posted or the company.
• Never pay money, give out your bank or credit card account info is foolish and should never be done. Never open bank accounts for any foreign company.
While some Craiglist jobs are legitimate you need to exercise caution while applying for jobs. Legitimate employers will never request for sensitive personal before hiring you. If any fee is involved that is a definite red flag. Genuine employers do not ask applicants for the positions to pay money for any reason whatsoever.
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