Posted: Robert Siciliano | April 4, 2016


Beware of These Sinister Job Scams

Post Office Jobs

  • Just because an ad is on Craigslist or in your local newspaper doesn't mean a crook didn't place it.
  • Crooks recruit people wanting to work for post office or federal jobs.
  • Applicants must pay a fee (red flag!). They may also be told they must purchase study materials (alarm bells!) for some kind of exam. Don't be fooled by any money-back guarantees should you fail the exam.

Never seek employment with the post office or federal government via some third party, such as through an ad. Why not just go straight to the U.S. post office website and apply there? And any thief could invent an official sounding name, such as Postal Employment Recruiting Center.

However, even a name that you know really exists can be put up by a fraudster. Any crook could place an ad that includes the exact name of a real-existing, legitimate organization.

Using Real Company's Name to Lure Victims

Posing as a marquee company can give a criminal an advantage. Always be suspect no matter the nature of the ad or website. You can always check with the actual company by going to their branded website and making a call.

  • The thief hires you, and in the process, has gotten your Social Security number and other vital information.
  • And/or, your job is to transfer stolen goods or money (though you won't know that). And even though you don't know that, you can get charged with a federal crime if caught.

When spotting inviting ads online and offline, contact the company off its website contact information. A fraudster will obviously place HIS number in the ad, not the real company's.

Product Smuggler

No job ad is going to use this term. Instead they may use:

  • Shipping Assistant
  • Package Processing Assistant
  • Merchandise Manager

But the job description sounds like you'd be reshipping merchandise. Don't respond! This is the reshipping scam. You'd receive packages containing, for example, electronic devices, with instructions to test them, then ship them overseas (using prepaid mailing labels sent via e-mail). But these devices were bought with stolen credit cards. You can get nailed for mail fraud or conspiracy.

In addition:

  • Consider instant-messaged communication a scam.
  • Be suspicious if you're hired very quickly or pressured to make a very fast decision.
  • Consider it a scam if they want a fee for anything or want your bank account information.
  • When posting your resume online, give out only your e-mail address and never input your Social Security number.

Robert Siciliano is an identity theft expert to discussing identity theft prevention.


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