With more and more people looking for employment including now many college students looking for summer jobs, scammers are focusing more attention to scamming these new job applicants. Just because a company may be one that you are familiar with doesn’t mean that the advertisement to which you may be responding was placed by the actual company. Always check with the actual company by phone to confirm any job openings and advertisements. More and more job seekers are going on line to legitimate and illegitimate online employment agencies. Merely because a company is listed by a legitimate online employment agency does not mean that the company advertising online with them is legitimate. Many of the scammers posing as potential employers or employment services will ask for upfront application fees. They also will ask for your Social Security number and bank account information so that they can directly deposit your salary check into your bank account.
Always independently check out whether the company with which you are dealing is a legitimate company. The Better Business Bureau is a good place to start. You can also just Google their name with the word “scam” next to it for further inquiry. Even if the company checks out as legitimate, you should contact them directly to confirm that any job opening being advertised is legitimate and not just a scammer posing as the legitimate company. Also, never pay up front fees to employment companies even if they promise a “guaranteed” refund. Finally and most importantly, never give your Social Security number and bank account number to any company you have only had contact with online. You should also be careful about the personal information that you include on your resume to make sure that it does not contribute to possible identity theft.