For potential job seekers, you should be aware of job offer scams perpetrated through the use of the Internet and social media platforms. By misappropriating a company logo and posing as a hiring member of a company’s staff, the scam preys upon those seeking employment, and uses false fraudulent offers of employment with employers, such as EGFS, to steal from the victims. Awareness is the key to stopping this scam.
No applicant for employment with EGFS is ever required to pay any money as part of the job application or hiring process, and in most cases, the EGFS job recruitment process involves in person and/or telephone interviews. All email communications will come from the “@earlygrowthfinancialservices.com” email domain. If you receive an email from someone claiming to be an EGFS employee, but without the “@earlygrowthfinancialservices.com” address, you should consider that message to be fraudulent.
Recognizing The Warning Signs
The following are red flags for recruiting fraud:
- You are required to provide your credit card, bank account number(s) or other personal financial information as part of the “job application” process.
- The open position does not appear on the company’s website listing of job positions.
- The contact email address contains a domain other than “@earlygrowthfinancialservices.com”, such as “@live.com”, “@gmail.com”, or another personal email account.
- The position required an initial monetary investment, such as a payment by wire transfer.
- The posting includes spelling and grammatical errors.
- You are offered a payment or “reward” in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account (e.g., for depositing checks or transferring money related to employment).
- You are asked to provide a photo of yourself.
- The job posting does not mention required qualifications and job responsibilities, but instead focuses on the amount of money to be made.
- The job posting reflects initial pay that is high compared to the average compensation for the position type.
- The “employer” contacts you by phone, but there is no way to call them back or the number is not active or goes only to a voice message box.
What You Can Do In The Event Of Recruiting Fraud
If you believe you have been the victim of job recruiting fraud, you can:
- File an incident report at http://www.cybercrime.gov
- File a complaint with the FBI at: ic3.gov
- Call the FTC at: 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357)
- Contact the local police to report the fraud.
- Contact your bank or credit card company to close the account and dispute the charges.
If you ever have questions about an email you’ve received regarding employment at EGFS, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.