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Job seekers: Beware of scams

With unemployment rates high around the country, many people are looking for a job. Unfortunately, there are scammers out there ready to take advantage of your misfortunes.

They are the magic words everyone wants to hear - "You're hired." But with these job scams, there's a hitch. They ask for money so they can check your background.

That's when you should hit the delete button.

Many of the scam artists strike whenever someone posts a resume online. They troll websites like Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com, and even Craigslist searching for anyone looking for work. Then they send a "bogus" job offer.

You know the ones, promising too good to be true pay and benefits..."Just wire us $50 and you're in!"

"We've seen phoney job offers where they put a link with the email where you go to pay for a certification and the other site is part of the scam," said Sue McConnell with the Better Business Bureau. 

McConnell says the number of help wanted scams skyrocketed with the unemployment rate.

How do you spot of bogus job offer?

Here are the red flags:

  • If the job offer comes from a free email account, beware.
  • If there are spelling or grammatical errors.
  • If the job offer hinges on you giving up personal information on-line.
  • And finally whenever they ask for money up front.

So what's an honest job seeker to do? Check the Better Business Bureau website or look up the person or company on Google to see if it's legit.

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