Kane in Your Corner: Job seekers warned of employment scams

Many people in New Jersey are looking for some type of employment, and officials say it can be easy to fall victim to scams that

Job seekers should be aware of potential employment scams.

Job seekers should be aware of potential employment scams. (7/17/15)

EDISON - A recent report shows that New Jersey's unemployment rate fell in June to its lowest level since October 2008. Still, many people in New Jersey are looking for some type of employment, and officials say it can be easy to fall victim to scams that seem too good to be true.

Sherrye Hawkins says she was suspicious when she received her first assignment from her so-called employer. Her instructions were to cash a check for $1,995, keep some for herself and wire the rest to the Philippines.

"I could really use $1,900," says Hawkins, but since she has seen previous Kane In Your Corner reports, she knew not to cash the check, because it was most likely a scam.

The New Jersey Better Business Bureau says similar such job scams are on the rise. In addition to forged checks, the bureau says to also be aware of any potential employer who asks a candidate to pay for pre-employment background checks.

"If you are accepting a job offer, you should not be paying for anything up front," says Melissa Companick, of the Better Business Bureau. "It is your employer's job to pay you for the job you are going to do for them."

Experts says there are several other ways to spot potential job scams. Job seekers should be wary of on-the-spot job offers without any interviews. Don't share sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers, too quickly. Giving a Social Security number to an employer will be necessary at some point, but employers shouldn't ask for it in the first email.

Candidates should also be wary of listings that claim to pay a lot of money for jobs that require no previous experience.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

A bobcat that was struck by car was 1 Bobcat struck by car released back into wild
Man arrested in shooting involving Fetty Wap now 2 Man arrested in shooting involving Fetty Wap facing robbery charges
Ella Glenn is today's Scholar Athlete. 3 Scholar Athlete - Ella Glenn
Dover launches the Street Smart Dover campaign to 4 Dover launches new campaign to lessen number of pedestrian fatalities
V-Go Robot helps student battling cancer attend school 5 V-Go Robot helps student battling cancer attend school

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE