Over the past few weeks we have seen a spike in the posting of fake online employment
listings. The positions claimed to be available have run the gamut, from administrative assistant, to stocker, to docker, and many more. The locations spanned across the U.S.A., from the Space Coast to San Francisco to Seattle, and on to Salem.
One recent scam worked as follows: A number of fake job postings were made on a very popular website featuring free online classified advertisements. The “hiring company” name was not identified in the ads. When an applicant applied for a position they received a response from a spoofed email address which looked like it came from a major employer. The communication indicated the applicant has been hired on the spot, without an interview. The justification made was “we are staffing very aggressively, and are prepared to make you a firm employment offer. Typically we conduct multiple in-person interviews with each candidate. However, due to increased staffing needs, we have greatly expedited the hiring process.” I hope if you received such a response your suspicions would be aroused immediately!