Mesa County Workforce Warns Job Seeker of Scams
Recently the Mesa County Workforce Center has found a fraudulent employer utilizing our Connecting Colorado database, to scam job seekers. This can happen on platforms outside of Connecting Colorado as well. The public should be on alert and keep an eye out for fraudulent employer red flags.
How does a fraudulent employer gain access to Connecting Colorado and other job search platforms? The scammer uses a valid company name, website, phone number, Federal ID number, etc. that make them appear to be the actual company. The employer account is approved, which then allows them access to hundreds of job seeker’s contact information.
Warning Signs of Scam Job Offers:
• The contact email address is not the employer’s website (Gmail or Yahoo, etc.). The email address often includes Mr. or Mrs., or most recently, Dr. (pay attention to the actual email address you are replying to)
• Wage is too good to be true. Entry level jobs requiring no experience will not pay $20+ per hour or a big jump from $15/hour training pay to $40/hour after training
• Contact is through text, Skype, chat room, Google Hangouts, etc.
• Employer requires check, money order or some form of payment/bank account information; this could include having you cash a check before you have started working
• Email, job descriptions, job title, company name etc. contains bad grammar/misspellings
• “Employer” answers the phone “Hello” instead of a business greeting
• Voicemail is not a company voicemail, but a personal voicemail
• If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t- take a closer look
Never give out your personal information such as social security number, bank account, credit card number, etc.
If you are contacted by someone stating they are from the Mesa County Workforce Center or Connecting Colorado and you question the validity of the contact, please contact us so we may assist you: (970) 248-7560 or [email protected] on the Mesa County Workforce Website at mcwfc.us.