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Avoiding Employment Fraud

Employment fraud occurs when an individual or company deliberately misrepresents the availability of a job to obtain money or access to your personal information (i.e. social security number, credit card information, etc). With the June 2010 unemployment rate at 9.5% nationally, unemployed workers must remain alert or they could easily become victims of employment fraud.

Following are examples of common employment schemes.  Keep them in mind as you conduct your job search.

Government Jobs

Government job listing are available at no cost to the public. If an exam is required, you will be provided with the necessary test preparation information as part of the job announcement. Never pay a recruiter or job placement service for a government job listing or test preparation materials. This scam has cost job seekers anywhere from $100 to over $1000 dollars. Read the Federal Trade Commission warning here.

Fake Employers

Unscrupulous “employers” are using popular job boards such as Monster, CareerBuilder and HotJobs to gain access to your personal information. With your name, address and employment history; they can develop targeted emails and letters which lead you to believe you have a legitimate job offer.

The following email was sent to one of The Career Lady® readers who was seeking a job as an Office Assistant. Note the name of the company is deceptively listed as Rebook USA, Inc. This would led the applicant to believe they had submitted their resume to Reebok International Ltd.

Dear Applicant:

Congratulations, this is a tentative offer of employment for the available administrative position with Reebok USA, Inc.

As you know, this position pays a generous salary, plus benefits, and also provides potential to earn additional bonuses and incentives throughout the year. We are hiring rapidly at this time, and are fully prepared to make you an employment offer, provided that you comply with the rest of the recruitment terms.

This is a full-time position. You will be providing administrative support including, but not limited to, answering phones, completing reports, tracking shipments, and some minor inventory management. Some experience working as an administrative assistant is preferred, but not required. Full paid training will be provided.

To accept these terms and move on to the final stage of the recruitment process, you must provide us with a current copy of your credit report to go in your employment file. Reebok USA, Inc. has a zero-tolerance policy in regards to theft of company property. Your credit scores or payment history are not important to us; rather it is a means of verifying your identity, and will also serve as your acceptance of the position. Once you fill out the report, an email is automatically generated that notifies us of your acceptance of the position. Once we are notified, we mail out your new hire paperwork, and give you times for your orientation. Be sure to bring 2 forms of identification with you to the orientation.

Your free report can be obtained here: http://nationalreport.org/newhire<application number removed>/

This tentative offer will expire in 72 hours from the time sent. If you choose not to accept it, or have any questions, please email me directly.

We appreciate your interest in joining the team at Reebok USA, Inc. and hope you decide to come aboard!


Michelle Croft

Director of Human Resources Reebok USA, Inc.

This message contains information from Reebok USA, Inc. that may be confidential and privileged. If you are not an intended recipient, please refrain from any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of this information and note that such actions are prohibited. If you have received this transmission in error, please notify the sender immediately.

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