OPP remind public of employment ad scammers

The Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police would like to remind the public that scammers will prey on those seeking employment. Fraudulent job advertisement has been placed in local newspapers, on-line and in text messages.

The fraudulent ads are often vague, the criteria and experience for the applicant is minimal and the pay is above average. The scammer looks to attract as many job seekers as possible.

Here are some tips to spot a job scam:

  • Always be wary of work from home or secret shopper positions.
  • Be suspicious of jobs advertised with a generic title, such as caregiver or customer service representative.
  • Be wary of vague job requirements and job descriptions.
  • If you are in contact with them by e-mai l, or phone, it is often unprofessional. Watch for grammatical errors and possibly poor English.
  • Often the boss or employer is from out of town and unclear about his location.
  • Watch out for on-the-spot job offers. You may be an excellent candidate for the job, but beware of offers made without a face to face interview.
  • They may ask you for your bank account information to set up a direct deposit or to transfer money into your account.
  • They may ask for personal information such as your date of birth and social insurance number.
  • Don’t fall for an overpayment scam. No company would overpay an employee and then ask them to wire the money elsewhere.
  • They may want you to pay for something, for example they may ask you to purchase a type of software or pay for a resume review. Legitimate employers will not ask for money or try to sell you services or products.

If you have been a victim of a scam, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center at 1-888-495-8501 or you can contact the local police. Please do your part in recognizing fraud, reporting it and stopping it.

Editor’s Note: The advertisement that prompted this reminder from the Grenville County OPP did not run in The Leader.