Looking for a job online? Watch out for scammers

Looking for a job online? Watch out for scammers

TYLER (KYTX) - Scammers are taking advantage of the competitive job market these days by targeting East Texans searching for work online. 

the better business bureau says it's a growing trend -- because so many people today search for jobs on the Internet.

Though it's a great way to find a job, it's also a very easy way to run into people trying to take advantage of you.

"It looks like a legit web site, but when you do a Google search, it brings up, 'this is a fraud, or this is a scam,'" says stay at home mom Sherryl Gooch. After raising her son for 4 years, she is finally ready to get back to work.

"I put my resume out on several different career web sites, careerbuilder.com, beyond.com, jobs.com," Gooch says.

Thursday, she got a response back from a company interested in hiring her.

"It said, we have open positions, email me back if you're interested. So I did, and I got this strange email back that said, we have a position for you. All you have to do is be 18 years of age have a valid, long standing, checking or savings account, and if you want more information, click on this link, which I did. Google Chrome automatically flagged it as a fraud site, and it's a money laundering scam," Gooch explains.

Gooch says the company that emailed her is called BMC Outsourcing Inc. It's not listed on the Better Business Bureau web site but the BBB in East Texas is looking into Gooch's complaint against the company. 

The BBB hasn't released any investigation results yet, but Kaylen Burgess with the Tyler BBB says there are red flags in the email Gooch received.

"They shouldn't ever ask you for your bank account number, any banking or personal anything," Burgess says.

She points to the email and says, "Right here. It's a little bit suspicious that they just need someone that has an active bank account."

CBS 19 made a call to the number Gooch was told she could call. All we got was an automated recording. We left a message, but got no call back.

"Always do your homework," Burgess says. "Always check out anybody you're doing business with online."

Gooch hopes her story will help others protect themselves.

Burgess says to do all the things Gooch did: call the company's phone numbers, copy and paste the web site and email addresses into Google and research the address. Turns out, the New York address listed in Gooch's email, doesn't exist.

Burgess also says to look closely at job postings. Look for grammatical errors, strangely worded phrases, and thinks like lots of exclamation points in a row.

If you come across something you think is a scam, the BBB asks you to report it. You can go to www.bbb.org or call the hotline. You can also go to www.IC3.gov or report it to local law enforcement.


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