Action Report: Job offer could have been bad news

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Posted on March 12, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 12 at 7:01 PM

Bill Capo / Action Reporter
Email: bcapo@wwltv.com | Twitter: @billcapo

SLIDELL, La. -- We'll call her Tammy, and this Slidell woman is so glad she got suspicious about a job offer.

"And the last thing I want to do is go to jail because I got mixed up in something terrible," she said with a rueful laugh.

When she posted her resume online, she received an offer to be a home-based customer service independent contractor.

"I could earn up to $3,000 to $6,000 a month," she was told. "So I started thinking to myself, I said this too good to be true."

She got suspicious when told to open a bank account in her name. Deposits would be made from Eastern Europe and Asia, and she would have to send the funds on to her employers.

"To me, in my mind, that sounds like not only money transferring, but also money laundering, and if that is the case, of course, it is illegal, and an individual can really wind up getting in a lot of trouble doing that," said Cynthia Albert of the Better Business Bureau.

The company had an A-plus rating with the Better Business Bureau, but the phone number they had was different, and when Tammy called it, the real company owner put her in touch with a fraud investigator.

"She said that this is a multi-million dollar scam," Tammy said. "It's a money laundering situation, and one of their clients just a few days earlier had lost $50,000."

But the Better Business Bureau has another warning, this one for people posting their resumes online. Once you do that almost anyone can see it. So they want you to be very careful about what personal information you include. Make it as little as possible.

"You really just need to put down information about what your qualifications are, what your background is, anything to do with your career," pointed out Albert. "As far as your personal information, a name and phone number should do it, maybe an email."

 

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