The scammer wants you to think you can make a lot of money by applying for an easy-to-do job. It’s too good to be true. You will end up paying them or find yourself involved in illegal money transfers. Scammers use advanced tactics to appear legitimate. Scammers use a ‘fake maker’ to construct a realistic online presence (Website and Social Media Accounts) to help sell the scam. They create fake company websites or clone real ones, fake banks with websites, official looking employment documents like offer forms, tax forms, personal information forms, and banking deposit information forms.
You post your resume on an employment website (LinkedIn, Monster, ZipRecruiter, Facebook, Indeed, Kijiji, or CareerBuilder) or the scammer creates a job posting on one of these websites. The scammer contacts you (they are very friendly, polite and professional) with a job offer and initiates an online interview through email, video chat, or text message. Soon after the interview, they award you with the job opportunity and provide a number of employment documents to receive your personal and banking information. They will ask for the following information, some of which is not unusual, as most companies need some of the information when they hire you:
You are ‘hired’ in a probationary capacity where you have to prove that you are reliable and suitable for the job. This includes agreeing to message the scammer what you are doing during the day, signing off for breaks to track your work hours; essentially building trust and legitimacy. While you are reporting, they are cleaning out your bank account, selling your information on the dark web, and possibily committing crimes in your name.
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If someone offers me a job where I use my bank account to receive and pass on payments for a foreign company, I should:
It’s safe to give out my banking information to someone who I haven’t met.
If the job offer sounds too good to be true ____________________.
Credible companies often ask for money upfront when hiring people to work for them – I should be prepared to pay a company before I start working for them.
If a company is offering me a job but says I need to pay them in advance of starting work to process my application, that company: