I think I've read other posts on Jobcase about how to spot a job scam but since I just recently received one I thought it would be a good idea to post about it again so other job seekers can be aware who have not heard of it.
No matter where you post your #resume, LinkedIn, Monster, Indeed, Glassdoor, Ziprecruiter these scam companies can still find you and your resume so it’s a matter of being aware and not one specific job site board that is more susceptible than others. There are also smaller job site boards that are sometimes connected to the larger ones and clicking on one job posting can lead to those sites such as Career builder, Lensa, Nexxt, Career alerts, Job Serious, Find Your Career, Featured Jobs, Evening Classifieds, Dicewire, Trending Jobs, Jobungo, Hirewire, Startwire, or Jobvertise, etc. These are all legit job sites and the scam seekers can get your resume/contact info from a smaller known site just as much as a larger one, so again, it's just best to be aware of the actual Google Hangout Scam. It usually goes something like this:
Someone will text you or email you introducing themselves as Mr. Joe Smith from XYZ company. Notice they always use the honorifics of Mr., Mrs., or Ms. The scammers will they say they are from a company that’s usually a legit company because they know you'll Google it to check it out. But they WILL NOT provide their company website address or their own email address at the company such as Jsmith@xyzcompnay.com. That’s a big tipoff, all legit recruiters from real recruiting companies or companies will include ALWAYS include their email address at the company such as: Jane.Smith@RothertHalf.com (legit recruiting agency) or JoeS@Microsoft.com (legit company not using a recruiting agency).
The scammers will next say I saw your resume on (Jobvertise or Hirewire, etc.) You might not even remember putting your resume on that board, that’s fine, once you post on the larger boards your resume info can sometimes be sold to the smaller ones or sometimes by clicking on ‘receive job alerts’ will put your info on the smaller boards and you might not even be aware your resume info is there until you start receiving emails from the smaller job boards. If you’re like me you probably clicked on a lot of ‘receive job alerts’ and thus, your resume is on places you didn’t even realize). Back to the scam: Mr. Joe Smith said he found my resume on some small site and he has a position of Administrative assistant/ data entry/ customer services available. (Tip-off: Administrative assistants usually do not do Data Entry and Customer Service (not services) is a separate job position again not usually what an Admin assistant does.) And Mr. Smith is very impressed with your resume and qualifications and wants to set up an interview. Once you reply you’re interested then they will ask you if you have a Gmail account because they want to set up the interview via Google Hangout. (another tip-off: companies will use Skype to Zoom to interview with you in real time.) Google Hangouts allows Mr. Smith to use a generic Gmail account instead of a company email address which he doesn’t have because he is a scammer.
Mr. Smith will then tell you to get on Google Hangouts right now or at some odd non-business hour time (the weekend or at 6am) and once online a Mrs. Charlotte A. Wilbur is waiting for you to interview you (how convenient!). This is where the real scam happens. They will name some dream opportunity available for a dream hourly rate ($35.00 an hour for customer service position? Yeah right) and then let you practically pick your hours or even say you can work from home (Yay! Who doesn’t want that?) They will go through some BS about pretending to interview you and then put you on hold while they pretend to check with their supervisor about your skills, then come back and say congratulations! The supervisor agreed and our company wants to hire you right away! Next, they will pretend to do the employment specifies of needing your full name, address, social security number (BEWARE) or if they don’t ask for your SSA they will go another rout to scam: asking do you want to be paid as bi-monthly, bi-weekly and do you want direct deposit? This is another way they get you, they will say they need to know which bank you want your direct deposit to go because they have to check to see if your bank is in their direct payment system (or some such made up process.) Giving your full name, SSA number, or your bank info and they have all the means to get you with identity theft.
So that’s the Google Hangout Scam. Basically, if someone contacts you claiming to be from a company but doesn’t provide their email address connected to that company or showing that they are employed by that company or a legitimate recruiting/staffing agency and want to do a Google Hangout interview with you—RUN! Or you can do like me and have a little fun playing along with them (not giving any pertinent info) and then at the end tell them you know they are a scam and you recorded the whole #interview to put on YouTube later to expose them.