Hiring Scams on the Rise

If the job you’re looking for seems too good to be true, there’s a chance it may be!  As work-from-home jobs become more popular, scammers are targeting this market with what appear to be lucrative job offers. These fake recruiters will reach out to would-be applicants via chat apps, social media, or text messages, claiming to have found their resumes online. An interview is conducted over a chat app, such as Telegram, and a job offer is made. The applicant is then asked to provide personal identifiers for direct deposit, including date of birth and banking information. Some scammers will even give the applicant a check to buy a laptop and other supplies and then turn around and request reimbursement for an accidental overpayment. The original payment, however, was a fraudulent check.  

If any exchange of information or communication for employment is through a chat app such as Telegram, there is a high likelihood that the job is a scam.

Here are some tips to avoid becoming a victim:

  1. Research the company online to verify that the company is legitimate.
  2. Check for warnings by Googling the company name with the word “scam.”
  3. Do not share any personal information over chat apps.
  4. Ask the interviewer questions about the company and the position.
  5. Be wary of anyone asking you to invest any money to get started.

The Better Business Bureau has more information on this important topic.

Teresa Chandler
Teresa Chandler
Teresa Chandler is a Senior Special Investigations Unit Investigator with ICW Group. She served in the U.S. Navy as a Gunner's Mate for over ten years, with two deployments during Operation Enduring Freedom. She obtained her BS degree in Criminal Justice Administration and was a claims adjuster for over three years before coming to ICW Group in 2017. She is a native San Diegan, the oldest of six siblings (two Marine brothers), a world traveler, a cat mom, and an occasional dog foster mom. She also loves hiking and event planning.

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