HELP NOT WANTED: Scammed By Online Job Ads - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

HELP NOT WANTED: Scammed By Online Job Ads

SPOKANE, Wash. - We've warned you before about possible scams on Craigslist and, sure enough, here's another one: Peggy Middleton was helping her son find a job and said a family member stumbled across an ad on Craigslist that looked promising for her son. Middleton emailed the company's human resources manager listed in the email but said she saw red flags.

"I sent in for information on an ad on Craigslist for a snow removal crew," Middleton wrote. "Where is there any full names, an address, phone number, etc.? I Googled the company, VCR Property Management and cannot find anything. I am concerned this is a scam and just wanted to have it investigated if possible."

KHQ did some research and found that Middleton can't find VCR Property Management because the company doesn't exist. The Spokane Better Business Bureau (BBB) said this specific online job ad is 100% a scam.

In an email response to Middleton, the supposed human resources manager of the company wrote: "Due to the high amount of  replies that we've gotten regarding our recent classifieds posting, I wanted to contact you as soon as possible and see if you would be interested in setting up an interview with us."

To move on to that interview process, however, the company asks the potential employee to fill out an online application. However, the BBB said that's likely the sign of a scam since this particular email did not have a phone number or address. The only information about the job
was online and BBB said potential applicants should always be able to contact someone in person or over the phone.

Otherwise, a single link is likely a way for scammers to ask for your personal information like social security numbers or banking information.

Thankfully, Middleton caught on to the scam before it was too late.

"It makes me angry," Middleton said. "It really upsets me when people scam people, that's just so unfair. I'm just so thankful that we thought about it and that's why I wanted to pass it on."

Here's what's interesting about this particular scam: the scammers do a good job of covering their tracks in this case because the BBB said every email they send to potential "employees" is different. The so-called company changes the name of the company as well as the HR Manager who replies to the job ads.

KHQ tried reaching out to the company for comment. They did not respond.

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