Job Seekers Beware of Phony Job Offers

PSG is a member of BBB and is grateful for its quick action in this phony employment scheme used to trick job seekers into releasing personal and financial information.

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Mississippi (February 23, 2016) A Georgia woman applied for a job online to be an accounts payable clerk for a company located in Jackson, MS, and within hours she was hired. She was very excited when the company told her she would be making $20 an hour to work from home. She quickly filled out all of the paperwork that included her name, DOB, Social Security number, and her banking information and spoke with the accounting manager out of Boston. Her father in-law convinced her to contact Better Business Bureau serving Mississippi to check the business out. BBB had no information on the company.

The company the consumer applied with is Raynold’s Wholesale Services, claiming to be located at 460 Briarwood Dr, Ste 2021, Jackson, MS. After several attempts to reach the company via phone, BBB sent an investigator to the address on Briarwood Drive. The investigator found no such suite at the address posted on their website and confirmed with the owner of the building. When BBB engaged the company on live chat they referenced the company name of Doba.com, a BBB accredited business in Utah. The investigation into both websites shows all of the exact information on both sites, including photos of the management team, with different names. It appears that Raynold’s Wholesale Services mirrored  Doba.com’s website.  BBB serving Mississippi contacted BBB serving Utah who alerted Doba.com that someone was spoofing their website. “Hopefully we caught this very early and can warn people before they become victims”  said John O’Hara, CEO BBB serving Mississippi. “This is also a testament to the BBB system where we share information helping businesses and consumers avoid becoming victims.”

Tips to avoid a phony employment scheme:

●Look for hints during an interview – If you are contacted for a face to face interview, be wary if the meeting is unusually short and if the interviewer seems uninterested in your experience and skills, but promises a generous salary despite a lack of skills.

●Watch out for a job description mismatch – A bogus job posting might offer an entry-level position and promise an opportunity for advancement, for example, in public relations or marketing. The position may turn out to be door-to-door sales.

●If you didn’t apply, verify – If it’s a well-known company, check their website. If it’s a company you never heard of, check out the business to see what you can find.

●Be careful with “re-shipping” job offers – These involve receiving and reshipping merchandise from your home address. Unfortunately, the merchandise may be stolen or the package may contain contraband.

●Watch out for incentive payments – Some fake postings offer a “hiring incentive” through which candidates receive a legitimate-looking check, are told to deposit it and send a portion back by wire transfer. The check is eventually flagged as counterfeit and any the wired money disappears along with the “employer.”

●Meet face to face – Legitimate employers will want to meet you face to face, rather than offer you a job over the telephone, by email or text.

Your BBB recommends against divulging any personal or financial information to any prospective employers until you have checked them out, had a formal meeting and receive a firm, written job offer in hand.

And you can always be assured of secure job processing when working with Professional Staffing Group, LLC

For More Information

To find out more about other scams, check out BBB Scam Stopper (bbb.org/scam). To report a scam, go to BBB Scam Tracker (bbb.org/scamtracker).

Check with BBB First.  We have a myriad of reports on online companies, but even if the company you are considering isn’t listed on our website, we can give you industry tips to help you make a decision.  To find reputable companies or contractors, consumers can contact BBB at 601-398-1700 or bbb.org/mississippi.

ABOUT BBB:  For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2014, people turned to BBB more than 165 million times for BBB Business Reviews on more than 4.7 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for 113 local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution, advertising review, and industry self-regulation.

 

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