Beware of Hiring Scams and What to Watch For Have you spent a lot of time lately navigating all the “Please ignore the friend request…” and “Someone hacked my Facebook…” posts on social media lately? It’s been a real problem and it is becoming more and more of a nuisance every year. As technology and the internet continue to evolve, so do the scammers. Or, in the case of the latest Facebook debacle, the pranksters. Businesses across all industries aren’t immune to this either, no matter how many precautions and steps they take to protect against it. We have received several calls recently from individuals reporting that they have been the victim of a hiring scam by a person using our company name and logo, and the names of several actual employees. It’s easy to see how unsuspecting job seekers can be confused by these clever scammers. The following is how the latest scam went down. The unknown person poses as a recruiter, using an actual employee’s name. The recruiter tells the victim they have been hired for a work-from-home administrative opportunity. The recruiter tells them they will receive a check in the mail that needs to be deposited to purchase office supplies. Individual is required to do a phone interview where the recruiter will request personal information like social security numbers or bank account numbers to deposit the check. These contacts can happen in many ways. Several individuals recently have been contacted through Google Hangout or by phone. If you or someone you know thinks they are being scammed by a recruiter from any company, please report the incident to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (found here) and immediately terminate all contact with the suspected scammer. In the future, Aureon HR recommends being on the lookout for the following signs of job scammers: · The job is too good to be true Trust your gut. You know when something doesn’t feel right. · The position pays far more than other comparable opportunities Although great pay is awesome, if it’s far outside the norm there’s a good chance it’s a scam. · They contacted you without you applying Scammers like to say they came across your resume online and wanted to contact you. · You get the job without much of an interview process You know you’re good, but are you good enough to get a job without interviewing with someone who doesn’t know you? · You’re asked to provide confidential information over the phone or online This applies to areas beyond job recruiting as well. Don’t give your social security number or bank account info out on the phone or online if you’re not 100% sure who it is. And if you aren’t sure, hang up. Find our phone number online and give us a call. Then you’ll be sure you’re speaking to Aureon HR. · They want to send you money without having started working This is a tactic that is often used to get into your bank account. They’ll also send a fake check and have you send part of the money to someone else. When it comes back fake, you’re on the hook for the money you sent. · They want you to pay for something Training, software, etc. You shouldn’t be paying for things like this from a legitimate company offering you a job. If you or someone you know thinks they are being scammed by a recruiter from any company, Aureon HR asks that you please report the incident to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (found here) and immediately terminate all contact with the suspected scammer. You can never be too safe. Katie Roth Katie Roth has been in a leadership role in the employment industry for the majority of her career. Currently, she is the President of Aureon HR's talent acquisition team. Katie is a graduate of the University of Iowa and is certified by both the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, and the National Association of Personnel Services, as a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC).