Scam artists take advantage of job seekers

Posted by Paige Tintle

August 02, 2012 @ 11:04 AM

Job seekers, beware! Scam artists who prey on those stuck in a tough job market.

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While the U.S. may very well be on the upswing following a recession, financial analysts and news organizations agree we will still feel the consequences for many years to come.

“It often takes time for the effects of a recession — or its end — to trickle down to everyday people's lives,” said Lynn Miori, a certified public accountant with KMH Wealth Management in an article for the Victoria Advocate. And while the economy might still be lagging for much of the US, for scammers business is booming.

Con artists are smart, they follow headlines about the economy and the job market, and sometimes they prey on job seekers looking to make a living. One unlikely, but highly publicized job scam of 2010 involves the U.S. government.

People posing as government recruiters approach job seekers and offer them government jobs. As part of the “recruiting process” the scam artists take personal information and sometimes even processing fee money from eager job hunters in exchange for a job. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says beware of these people.

“The good news is that the federal government is hiring,” according to the Federal Trade Commission . However, some scammers have offered Census Bureau positions and other federal job opportunities to job seekers that don’t exist. Furthermore, these “headhunters” are in no way associated with the United States government, according to the FTC press release.

“All federal positions are announced to the public through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s USAJOBS at usajobs.opm.gov.”

Topics: Interviewing, Job Search