If it Slithers Like a Snake…How to Decipher Scam Job Offers from Real Ones


This is a consumer advice column written by the Better Business Bureau of Northern Indiana . It appears weekly in Business Monday.

Have you been searching for a job or looking for a change? Are you looking to grab something additional to supplement your income during your down time? Have you been using the Internet? Here is a “reply” that a consumer received, although she has never posted her resume on Careerbuilder.com:

“We’ve found your resume at careerbuilder.com and would like to suggest you a ‘Transfer manager’ vacancy. I’m the Chief Manager of Department of employment. We have thoroughly studied your resume and are happy to inform you that your skills completely meet our requirements for this position. Our company buy, sell, and exchange digital currencies, like E-gold and E-bullion. This is a part-time position. Your schedule will be flexible. You will need to spend on average 1-2 hours per day, Monday-Friday. This is a work-at-home position. All communication will be online. … A position within our company on a trial period for one month starting from the beginning of the work will be offered to the successful applicants. During this trial period you will be receiving training and online support while working and being paid. Employees on a one month trial period are evaluated at least one week prior to the end of their trial period. … During the trial period you will be keeping 8 percent commission from every payment received from our customer. With the current volume of clients on average your overall income will add up to $3,000 USD per month. After the trial period your base salary will go up to $2,250 USD per month, plus 8 percent commission. After the trial period you may ask for additional hours or proceed full-time. If you are interested in this position, and would like to know more, please e-mail me.”

The Better Business Bureau  has received calls from consumers inquiring about the legitimacy of several work-at-home businesses and cryptic replies to their job searches. We stress to every consumer who is looking for a job to proceed with caution. If you question the legitimacy of a company or its offer, call us or go online at www.bbb.org for a complete report. There’s a good chance that if the company is not in our database there’s a problem. Unfortunately, as consumers search in earnest for jobs, there are frauds waiting. Don’t fall for it.

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