Job seekers looking for a way to make an honest living could be met with dishonest scammers-
Individuals looking for your personal information, not for employment purposes, but for their own agendas.
“We’re seeing more and more of them. And people are coming in and saying is this a legitimate company?”, says Cindy Sanford, customer service office manager with Job Service North Dakota’s Williston office.
To answer that question, there are some red flags to watch for-avoid giving personal information such as social security number or date of birth over the phone or by e-mail.
“If somebody says we need that and really, if they’re in a hurry to get the information, then I’d be a little leery,” says Sanford.
Also, avoid cashing checks prior to doing any work or sending payment as an initial investment.
“They want me to send money. Well, never send money. Because if you’re an employee, you’re the one that should be getting paid,” says Sanford.
Brandon Council has never fallen victim to a job scam, but has been targeted by other types of scammers, by both e-mail and phone.
“It’s hard for me to say it’s a scam like right away. I actually got an automated call earlier. It said something about my bank account. I don’t even have a bank account yet. That was obviously not real,” says Council.
If job seekers become concerned about any suspicious e-mails or phone calls, it’s best to be cautious.
“Just call our office and ask. And if we don’t know the answer, we’ll send you to somebody that would,” says Sanford.
And keep up with the job search. According to Job Service, there are many positions that need to be filled.
An extra measure people are using to protect their personal information is leaving their address off of their resume.
Job Service North Dakota became aware of the recent scam when it was contacted by concerned job seekers. It has reached out to individuals who may have been affected. The scam involved contacting people by e-mail or text message about a work from home type of business. The fraudulent employers then asked for personal information such as social security, date of birth, and bank account information.