May 28, 2014
Attorney General Kane warns recent grads, jobseekers about scams
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today cautioned recent graduates and others in the job market to be wary of scammers that target people using online forums to find employment.
Employment schemes are among the most common and oldest forms of consumer fraud, so job seekers should approach the search and interview process cautiously, being alert for signs of a potential scam.
Often the scammers are able to collect contact information through online job boards where the consumer has posted his or her resume. In some cases, the job hunter replies to a fake posting on the online job boards and, in the process, provides contact information to the scammer.
Ultimately, an "interview" is arranged by a scammer posing as an official of the company, using information that could be readily available on the company's website. The "interview" is typically conducted via text messages and online chat rooms. There, the interviewer attempts to induce the job seeker to disclose confidential personal information or, worse, send money.
Attorney General Kane said job seekers can protect their finances and identities by being aware of the tactics commonly used by scammers, and by investigating further if they suspect a job opportunity may be fake.
Clues the job posting may be a scam:
Tips for job seekers:
The Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection is here to help. Consumers can file a complaint regarding an employment by calling the Bureau of Consumer Protection at 1-800-441-2555 or visiting www.attorneygeneral.gov.
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