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I want to warn everyone about the TLS-LLC. Company in Georgia. They are a scam company. I worked for them for one.month and they will not pay me. If approached by them do not fall for their scheme. You can Google the TLS-LLC company to see the BBB alert and read the experience of others. #scams #jobsearch #wordsofadvice #employment
DON'T ever give your information (social security, bank info, credit card info etc. on any application or online) do your homework on these companies go to the FBI site and other sites (BBB, consumer sites etc.) that will tell you about these places ..DONT just assume they're legit if you don't go there and see etc...don't believe everything online. CHECK to see if they are LEGITIMATE...ALOT of Scammers online. They could be using your information to scam others! Check your credit reports ASAP and if they have tried to get your stimulus check, DETR unemployment benefits etc... It happened to me-it's a nightmare!
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So my mom texts me the other day and says, "Is this real?"
I look at the image in the text and see that someone has attempted to use her personal information to file for unemployment benefits under her name.
The thing is, my parents have been retired for 10 years so I knew this was 100% a scam.
If this happens to you or someone you know here are some steps to take!
This info comes directly from the FTC:
If this happens to you, it means someone is misusing your personal information, including your Social Security number and date of birth. Act fast. Here are steps that can help you protect your finances and your credit:
Report the fraud to your employer. Keep a record of who you spoke with and when.
Report the fraud to your state unemployment benefits agency.
Visit IdentityTheft.gov to report the fraud to the FTC and get help with the next important recovery steps. These include placing a free, one-year fraud alert on your credit, getting your free credit reports, and closing any fraudulent accounts opened in your name. IdentityTheft.gov also will help you add a free extended fraud alert or credit freeze to your credit report. These make it more difficult for an identity thief to open new accounts in your name.
Review your credit reports often.
The unemployment payments usually are deposited to accounts the imposter's control. But sometimes payments get sent to the real person’s account, instead. If this happens to you, the imposters may call, text, or email to try to get you to send some or all of the money to them. They may pretend to be your state unemployment agency and say the money was sent by mistake. This a money mule scam and participating in one could cause you more difficulties. DO NOT RESPOND TO THEM!!!
If you get benefits you never applied for, report it to your state unemployment agency and ask for instructions. Again, don’t respond to any calls, emails, or text messages telling you to wire money, send cash, or put money on gift cards. Your state agency will never tell you to repay money that way. Anyone who tells you to do those things is a scammer. Every time.
Check out more tips on top scams and how to avoid them!
Has anyone else seen this type of scam before?
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.
Ive been scammed by a few cashappers too who scam others into sharing info on things to help out others in need . Such post say that they will help out 2 families with 1500.00 .if you can spell a girls name with a certain letter at the beginning and ending in another. Well dont fall for these type of schemes. Like i did being fooled out of 200.00 #scams