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Something to watch out for if you are applying for a job.

There was job opening to work for the Better Business Bureau as a data clerk and as you were being paid by direct deposit they ask for your banking information via an online sign-up process. Problem is the BBB never posted the job. A good way to get your personal banking information as well as possibly installing malware on your computer.

Another sign to watch for... in BC it is illegal for an employment agency to charge a fee to place you in a job or give you information about a job. If the person you deal with claims to be an employment agency working for X Co. and asks for a referral, application or some such fee - run, do not walk, away. Employment agencies are to get their fees from employers, not employees or potential employees, per section 10 of the Employment Standards Act:

No charge for hiring or providing information

10 (1) A person must not request, charge or receive, directly or indirectly, from a person seeking employment a payment for

(a) employing or obtaining employment for the person seeking employment, or

providing information about employers seeking employees.

(2) A person does not contravene this section by requesting, charging or receiving payment for any form of advertisement from the person who placed the advertisement.

(3) A payment received by a person in contravention of this section is deemed to be wages owing and this Act applies to the recovery of the payment.

Here is the scam:

Beware Craigslist job posting scam

By Jenny Lee, Vancouver Sun July 15, 2011 4:07 PM

Beware of a fraudulent Craigslist job posting seeking a data entry clerk for the Better Business Bureau, the bureau warned today.

“We got about a dozen phone calls this week from people trying to verify the employment opportunity,” Kevin Hollett, Mainland BC Better Business Bureau representative, said in an interview.

The BBB did not post this job.

Hollett said this particular scam is proliferating across North America, and his counterparts in the U.S. have seen it in Buffalo and Detroit.

Send in a resume and the scam artists email back saying employees are paid by direct deposit, so applicants must sign up online and provide personal banking information, which also puts them at risk for downloading malware onto their computers.

“The scammers are not above using the names of trusted organizations and they definitely target the unemployed because they are a vulnerable demographic,” he said.

Lynda Pasacreta, BBB president and CEO for Mainland B.C., said in a news release that most employment scams seek upfront fees or personal information.

Beware of responding to an advertisement where there is no transparency, with nothing directing you to a website or human resource contact but just an anonymous email, Hollett said.

BBB warns job hunters to watch out for these three common scams:

1. Job offers that require upfront fees. Legitimate employers don’t require payment for background checks, credit reports or administrative fees before an interview. Never provide bank account information for a direct deposit setup until officially hired.

2. Unsolicited job offers. Beware spam email opportunities that send you to a website designed to install malware or solicit bank account details. Also be suspicious if you’re hired online and immediately asked for bank account or social insurance numbers.

3. The job requires you to wire money. You’re asked to cash a cheque sent by the company through the mail and then wire a portion of the money on to another entity. Reasons given for this requirement vary from scam to scam. Whatever the story given, the ending is always the same: The cheque is a fake and the job hunter is out the money he or she wired back to the scammers.


Basic rule be very careful about giving out your personal information.

Also be aware you do not have to supply your Social Insurance Number until actually hired... and you have 3 day period after being hired to produce your SIN card to show to your new employer. Do not supply your SIN to an employment agency.


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