The Better Business Bureau is warning Nebraskans about a popular job seeker scam that is hitting the state.
How the Scam Works:
You reply to a help wanted ad for a modeling, acting or promotional gig. After you send your resume and/or introductory message, you start getting emails from an "agent" who tells you that you've gotten the job.
Starting your new gig is easy, according to the emails. Your agent mails you a check that supposedly covers your hourly fee and expenses, such as transportation and meals. You only need to deduct $350 "to confirm your bookings with the production acoounlnt" and wire the money ASAP to the name and address provided.
The fake checks come in envelopes marked with the BBB name and address
In a twist, scammers are using phony shipping labels to mail the checks. Job seekers report receiving envelopes that have Better Business Bureau's name and return address on them. Scammers are using the BBB name (and likely names of other established organizations) to lend credibility to their con.
If you follow the email's instructions and deposit the check, the full amount will appear to be in your bank account immediately. However, it takes several days for the check to completely clear. When the bank sees the check is a fraud, they will deduct the money from your account. If you wired the money to the "production accountant," you will be out the $350.
How to Spot a Fake Job Ad:
1. Job postings and reply emails with a lot of grammatical errors and misspellings are likely scams. The typo "production acoounlnt" above is a classic example.
2. Ads containing the phrases "Immediate Start" and "No Experience Needed" are popular in scam ads.
3. If a job looks suspicious, search for it in Google. If the result comes up in many other cities with the exact same job post, it is likely a scam.
4. Be very cautious of any job that asks you to share personal information or hand over money. Scammers will often use the guise of running a credit check, setting up direct deposit or paying for training.
5. Check out the company's website to make sure the opening is posted there. If you are still skeptical, call the business to check on the position.
For more information, go to bbb.org.
Courtesy- The Better Business Bureau