“'Alright, let's set you up for employment, we need a bank account,’” said Barnett. “They'll give you a check for $3,000, tell you use this website to buy your items, cash this check and when you do, you're cashing usually a bad check.”
Tarsell suspects the scammer knew how long she had been looking and saw her as easy prey.
“They might see how long a résumé’s been on file with Indeed and they might see that you’re really desperate. And desperation, you do a lot of things, and here I sit,” Tarsell said.
Employment scam red flags:
Barnett said video-conferencing for an interview is not uncommon, particularly if the job is in a different state, but before that happens there should be a phone conversation, email correspondence, and research done on the company.
“What happens is once we post those résumés, scam artists start coming out after us,” said Barnett. “One very big red flag is looking at the language from the grammar, punctuation, just the wording and how they respond to you when you apply.”
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And while the person supposedly found Tarsell's résumé on Indeed, they never contacted her through the site or had the job posted there.
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