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Updated 05/22/2017

   There is one thing worse than being taken in a
   Job Scam: 
Realizing you saw all the warning signs
   but were really excited about the opportunity.

   Some "RED FLAGS" to consider before jumping
   into "snake pit" and being "bit" by one of one of
   oldest cons around ... the Snake Oil sales pitch.

  • They Want You
    Finally ... after all those resumes and e-mails that filled a giant black hole somewhere in the Internet, someone wants to hire you! All those hours sending carefully written resumes and cover letters and answering personal questions that should be illegal with nothing. NOW SOMEONE WANTS ME.

    Before you start providing your personal information to someone somewhere, do some homework.

       1.  Do an Internet search on the company name, address, telephone number.
            -  Check the phone number.  Do they answer as the came company?
            -  Check the address using a satellite map image. Does this look more like an abandoned car
               painting business than a major thriving business?

            -  Look for a company website and verify that the URL contains their name immediately BEFORE
               the "@" sign.

            -  Check with the Better Business Bureau about the company by name and by address to see if
    there are any complaints you should be concerned about.
            -  Create a free e-mail address, send them an e-mail asking their response and see if it comes
    back, is ignored, or rejected by the e-mail service.
    -  Most businesses require licenses to operate under. Check with the City or County 
    overnment and see what they have ... of they have nothing. If one has nothing, that is not
               the reason for concern unless neither has anything.

       2.  What is the financial compensation they are offering?
            -  Is this a part-time job of 20 hours per week with a $100,000 per year earning potential for
                 20 hours per week?
              -  What are your job duties?
                    -  Are there any specific listed?
                    -  How are your costs going to be handled?
                    -  Are you putting yourself in the middle of a business transaction that, if it should be
                        deemed illegal, you are the first stop for local law enforcement officers?

       3.  Who referred them to you?
            Most often they pull information from Job Boards to lure you in.

       4.  Why do they need THAT information from you?
              So you are asked to fill out a form and e-mail it to a strange non-business e-mail address or
              provide the information to someone who called you. These are two immediate RED FLAGS.

            Information to be concerned about being asked for early in the

              -  Your Social Security Number
                     Sometimes you're told this is to verify US Citizenship but it is more likely to be an attack
                     against your personal identity. Indicate you will provide that at the appropriate time with
                     the employer and that you are a US Citizenship.

              -  Your Date of Birth
                     This should be provided at the appropriate time which is part of you accepting a position
                     and not before then. If pushed, simply indicate you are hold enough to vote, operate a
                     motor vehicle and enter into legally binding contracts. Therefore you are of age to work.

              -  Copy of your Birth Certificate
                  Only for a position often involving federal high-security clearance positions would this be
                     an item they would require and that would come 
    well beyond the first conversations.

              -  Financial Information
                  Bank Accounts, Checking Accounts, Credit Cards, ATM Cards, a Blank Check, etc., etc.
                     I have yet to see a job that required this information at all until you have accepted the
                     position and it is for Direct Deposit of your Pay Check. 
    Push back on this or simply hang
                     up and end this game on them.

       5.  Be suspect of off-shore employment opportunities.
            These can easily be scams whether it is the promise of employment in a foreign country or
              off-shore companies recruiting for US based positions. The laws, standards, customs, and
              practices of other countries are often NOT the same as the United States. There is also the
              potential the caller represents a non-existent company seeking your information of wired
              funds to be given an opportunity for a high paying, high benefit position that does not exist.
              Attempts to enlist help from the United States State Department, assistance from officials within
              the country the caller claimed they were in, or any aid from lawyers will potentially be costly,
              time-consuming and frustrating

             Be suspect of jobs out-of-state that are well below your skills.
             It is believed groups are looking for people who have been in a job search for many months and
             may accept jobs they are overqualified for just to get a job. These are often e-mail solicitations.
             Be alert to any "payments" to get you employed or personal data to get you signed-up.