We do our best at Snagajob to keep scammers off our site. If you are unsure about a job posting, please contact us with your concerns. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org, which goes directly to our Fraud Taskforce who will immediately look into the company.
Check cashing scams
One way scammers are targeting job seekers is through the mail. If you get a letter from a company you have never heard of and have never applied to, do some research before you accept any position. In some cases, they send checks with those letters, informing you that you have been hired as a secret shopper and the check is money to spend at different businesses. They ask you to deposit the check, leave some of the money as a “pay check” and then wire the rest to them. DON’T DO THIS. Your best bet would be to rip up the check and throw it away, or submit it to your local police department for investigation.
Why shouldn’t you deposit the check?
The check is phony. If you do not wait until the check clears and withdraw the money as soon as you deposit it, you will be sending the company your hard-earned cash, instead of their money. Then, you will be out the money you sent to them, in addition to anything your bank may charge you for over drafting.
It’s scary, but it can be avoided. Many times, if it’s too good to be true, it’s not real.
We were able to get a hold of one of these letters – check it out below with comments from us (in Snagajob orange) to show you some examples of why this is a scam.
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Some of these scammers are getting elaborate in their schemes and will even have someone answer the phone when you call the number on the letter. As soon as you send them your money, the number will be disconnected and it will become difficult, if not impossible, to get in touch with them.
Whether it is through Snagajob or another job search tool, your safety is important to us. Please let us know if you have any concerns.