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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 have 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.
            -  Is the telephone number working?
            -  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 Government 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?  Is 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 relationship:
              -  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

              -  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.