Resume ripoffs: Who is peeking at your credentials? - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Resume ripoffs: Who is peeking at your credentials?

SPOKANE, Wash. - Thousands of people looking for work, are posting their resumes on popular websites like Craigslist.

Unfortunately, that can turn into a resume ripoff.

Call center expert Carla Mayorga loaded her resume on Craigslist and quickly got job offers, hundreds of them.

Job offers to her cell phone and packages with checks began arriving.

"I started receiving things in the mail," she recounted. "A packet with a bunch of checks in it. The checks were for $5,000, $3,000... I was to be a representative in our state."

Carla says she was told to take the checks to her bank, deposit them, take a 10 percent profit, and then contact those who sent them right away.

The next instruction for Carla was to wire the funds that appear to be in her bank overseas to Canada or Nigeria.

Postal inspector Tony Gomez says its all a scam.

The checks are no good and the bank would come after Carla.

"What you see here is, unfortunately, we've got our fraudsters reaching out to our folks," Gomez explained. "Nine out of ten times you take these in a financial institution and the people in the bank can't tell.

"Im scared. These people have my address," Carla said. "Whoever they are they have all my personal information.

ICE Special Agent in Charge Tony Magione indicates Carla was fortunate she didn't get burned.

He says scammers may try to use your resume to steal your identity as well.

"You really need to do your due diligence and pay attention to who you are doing business with," he warned. "Once you start putting down home addresses, home telephone numbers, unless that's your only point of contact you can open your self up to a scam.

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