- Posted May 22, 2012 by
Beware of Craigslist Security Guard Job SCAMS in NYC
Too good to be true? Have you been deceived by a fraudulent Craigslist Job Ad? In a digital age of job-hunting, job-seekers, including recent college grads, are eagerly scouring the web for job posts in hopes of finding employment. Popular sites, such as Craigslist are among the many sources online which are checked regularly for employment opportunities. On Craigslist, some employers wish to remain anonymous and are not required to list their company's name. This, in turn, makes it more difficult for job-seekers to research the company and distinguish whether or not the job posting is even real. To monitor these advertisements, Craigslist uses a "flagging" system, in which the posting will be subject to automated removal after being flagged sufficiently. However, this system does not prevent scammers from re-posting the ad again to lure in new victims. In NYC, one type of job advertisement, which appears frequently on Craigslist, is for "entry level corporate security guard" positions that require no experience and are willing to pay up to $22 per hour salary plus benefits. Now, if that hasn't already set off a "flag" in your mind, it probably should. The ad is seductively tempting and the subject heading is usually written in all caps, popping out from the page and demanding your attention. According to the ad, you must call to schedule an interview, and the "deadline for these positions are limited." After calling, you are greeted by a friendly receptionist, claiming to work for "high profile security," who explains that you will need a specific training course that you don't already have in order to qualify for the job. You are then told that this training will be provided to you for a fee of $80 which you must bring to the interview, along with a valid NYS I.D. and a copy of your SSN card for "background checking purposes." You arrive at the interview, and after all the paperwork is signed, you are told that the $80 is actually an "administrative fee" and that the 40-hour training course is an extra $235. Upon completion of the course, you receive a certificate with no school code, signed by the receptionist, saying that you took a basic security training course. The certificate is worth nothing and instead of placing you in a job, they send you to any company, corporate or non-corporate, with a letter saying to "please consider this person for employment within your company." The original job ad you responded to has been deleted, before you've even arrived at the interview, and it is continuously re-posted using ambiguous company names, and different contact numbers and locations. This scam is just one scenario, but there have been many similar reports on sites such as Scambook.com, an online community where you can expose a scam to the public, and receive possible legal help. Scambook.com has an outstanding estimate of over 1 billion dollars in reported damages, as of today. And so, with internet fraud on the rise, job-seekers should remain alert when applying online, and be on the lookout for signs of a scam.