Scambusters, Preventing Internet Scams & Phishing Attempts

This blog is dedicated to help preventing internet fraud and internet scams. Scambusters was a radio show I started in Albany Oregon, but due to defaulted payment by the radio station we took the show offline. Regardless of this issue we still wish to help prevent internet fraud and save people from internet loss. I have been interviewed and featured in various publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times & Daily News, The London Times & AARP Newsletters. Please watch this blog for latest tips and tricks and scams to avoid.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Craigslist job scams are on the rise, Craigslist posts warnings

This is directly from Craigslist. It is nice they added this information to the job search page. Being on the career market myself, I am very tired of sending a resume to an advertisement to find out it is just a scam. I have received back a few of the below, the most common for me have been the "Background Checking Services" and "Training & Education Sites".

It is a very trying time with a bad economy and people more than ever really put hope into finding a job or career and it really stinks when you find a good advert for a job that sounds great and send your resume in hopes to get an interview only to find that it is all scam.

Good luck out there, use common sense and good judgment.

SCAM ALERT - affiliate scammers are posting bogus ads promising (nonexistent!) employment, paid research trials, or other compensation, but then notifying repliers that they'll need to jump through a hoop first, directing them to:

* background checking services
* credit checking or reporting sites
* sites where you are instructed to enter your resume or other personal information
* sites where you are asked to sign up for a "free" trial offer
* sites offering training or education
* sites offering a "system" for making money
* survey or focus group sites
* sites designed to deliver malware or misuse your identifying information

all in hopes of earning affiliate marketing commissions or otherwise profiting at the expense of persons seeking employment.

Lots of variations on this scam, but each generally involves dangling (nonexistent!) compensation, and then directing you to a website where you are asked to sign up for something, use your credit card, or input personal information such as your email address.

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