• Offered job during an instant messenger interview, often Yahoo Messenger. Jobs ARE NOT offered during online interviews!• Scammers use personal email accounts like @yahoo.com, @gmail.com. Real employer email addresses END with the company name like @starbucks.com, @abilitylinks.org, @walmart.com.• Offered a check or direct deposit/asked for bank account information. NEVER give bank account numbers, routing information or money to anyone you don't know. • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. How to Tell if a Job is a Scam.
Being asked to create an instant messenger account for online "interview" (Yahoo IM is very popular among scammers and a good way to hide their identity), may use a real company name but a personal email account such as Yahoo or Google (email address does not match company name and does not include verifiable address, phone number and website that corresponds to a legitimate company), get an email/text that references your AbilityLinks resume but no or general knowledge of resume details, easy to get the job and being pressured to take it, offered a phony check to pay for software or training or equipment and then asked for a copy of bank deposit slip (this is a way to get access to your bank account.) are common signs of a job scam:
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