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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – A warning for job seekers: the Better Business Bureau (BBB) says scammers are taking advantage of people just looking to find a good job.
A woman named Melissa from Baton Rouge says she and her husband are searching for new jobs and were using the website indeed.com, but now she believes she has been scammed by people putting up fake job applications to get her personal information.
The BBB is now warning those who use the website to stay vigilant.
“I just want the public to know there are scammers and they’re doing something on these various websites,” said Melissa.
Melissa says she’s the victim of a job hunting scam and wants her identify hidden. She says it started when she and her husband started looking for jobs on the website Indeed.com.
“I’m assuming these scammers are going in and pulling that resume and using that resume to tweak it or whatever and applying to these jobs that we’re not applying to,” said Melissa.
After applying for a few jobs, she says she got an email from a potential employer, saying thanks for attending a job fair that she never went to.
Now, she’s worried her personal information was leaked and may be abused.
“Now you’re playing with employment status, you could be taunting as a scammer, you could be taunting with my career. Apparently, you’re trying to get a job using my social. Why are you doing this? It’s very scary,” said Melissa.
The BBB says a number of people have reported getting suspicious emails and calls about jobs supposedly available through Indeed.com.
“I think these people are being driven to another site. They were asking for their personal information, and we do know consumers actually gave their social security numbers, and the strangest thing to us is that they were asking for a copy of their driver’s license,” said Carmen Million with the BBB.
The BBB says before you apply for a job, make sure it’s a legitimate company. You can also contact them directly to make sure they’re actually hiring.
“Offers that sound too good to be true are usually a warning sign. Again, if they’re asking for money up front, if they’re asking for personal information before they even set up an interview,” said Million.
As for Melissa, she has a message for other job seekers.
“Be careful out there, watch out, go to the official job website, and if anyone calls you, allow them to leave that voicemail. If it doesn’t sound legit, don’t respond to it,” said Melissa.
Indeed.com says they’re investigating Melissa’s incident and recommend to never give out your personal information or credit card or bank account information when applying to a job on their site.
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