Online job scams look to make a quick buck off applicants - – Rockford’s News Leader

Online job scams look to make a quick buck off unsuspecting applicants


Trying to find a job is hard enough, but some people might have more to worry about than simply landing an interview.

One Rockford area woman thinks someone posing as a hiring business might have tried to scam her.

Lisa Moren recently lost her job after 6 years. In an effort to find work, she turned to searching the internet for openings.

Moren replied to several posts claiming to be companies looking to hire, and sent out cover letters. But she says the responses she received back seemed unconvincing.

"When they want to hire me without even meeting me because they're out of the country but want to put me to work right away," says Moren.

After several failed attempts to find a new job, Moren says she's getting discouraged. You know these are sincere genuine attempts to find work and it's very frustrating to get scam responses.

Dennis Horton, director of the Rockford Better Business Bureau says scammers try to take advantage of people struggling to find work in a down economy. "Work at home offers often ask you to send, and the going price seems to be about 49.95, to them for applying for or getting that position."

While not all posts are scams, Horton encourages everyone to be careful. "And the fact that you don't know who you're dealing with , you don't know the company, requires that you take a lot more care in responding to an ad online," he says.

Horton adds, while searching for a job online, if ever something starts to feel strange or uncomfortable to you, take a step back.

if you feel you have been the victim of a scam... often there is very little that can be done, especially once money is sent. Scam artists tend to use P.O. boxes and throw away call phones so they cannot be tracked down.

The best thing is to try and avoid a scam all together by searching for jobs through an employment agency. Or you can always going directly to a business's website rather than using a third party site.

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