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Does this job ad on craigslist sound fishy?
I found this one ad on craigslist for a job and they wanted me to send them a contact number for them to call so I did and then they sent me this email saying
Thank you for responding to our company's recent job posting on craigslist.
We have reviewed over 15 applications and we have narrowed our selection down
six. You are one of the six applicants.Now we have three positions available.
We will give more specific details at the interview.
Benefits Package: Medical, dental, vision, disability/life insurance, tuition
reimbursement, flex medical spending plan, vacation/sick days.
The position will require you to work in a high financial environment so it's
our corporate policy that we do a financial verification check on all employees
to verify applicant registration info. Its corporate policy that we have
applicants sent through our link so we are compliant with the U.S employment
standards act. Please copy and paste this link into your browser and complete
the free report now:
Fill out the form and indicate that you want the free report. Print it out and
bring a copy to the interview as we will need to have it on file. Since this is
just a pre-screen formality your actual score will not affect your chances of
being hired. Please take a few minutes to do this now.
Please complete this first step ASAP as we only have 48 hours to set up
interviews. When you have completed the credit score reply to this email and we
will set a time for an interview.
I look forward to meeting with you.
they gave me some link about credit report scores... I feel like it's a scam
What do you guys think???
There is no job.
There is only a scammer trying to get you to sign up for some credit reporting site using the affiliate link he provided. He only wanted the commission he would receive for getting people to sign up under him.
After you had signed up for the credit site, identity verification site or given your cell number to the IQ test website using the affiliate link provided, that scammer's next email would say: "sorry, the job is filled".
Now that you have responded to a scammer, you are on his 'potential sucker' list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell you email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or signing up at a site using the given affiliate link.
Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don't bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn't worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.
Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.
6 "Rules to follow" to avoid most fake jobs:
1) Job asks to use your personal bank account and/or open a new one.
2) Job asks you to print/mail/cash a check or money order.
3) Job asks you to use Western Union or moneygram in any capacity.
4) Job asks you to accept packages and re-ship them on to anyone.
5) Job asks you to pay for visas, travel fees via Western Union or moneygram.
6) Job asks you to sign up for a credit reporting, identity verification site or take an IQ test.
Avoiding all jobs that mention any of the above listed 'red flags' and you will miss nearly all fake jobs. Only scammers ask you to do any of the above. No. Exceptions. Ever. For any reason.
If you google "fake job credit report scam", "fake identity verification site", "fraud job IQ test scam" or something similar you will find hundreds of posts of victims and near victims of this type of scam.
Source(s):13 months ago
SO do I. Sounds like they want to get your personal information, then steal it, or at best they are looking for people in weak financial condition and sell them some sort of "consolidation" service, or credit repair scam.
As a rule I don't trust ANYTHING on Craigslist.