Scam artists are taking advantage of the many people who start their job search on the internet.
Scammers are shamelessly using the names of real companies to trick you into giving up your money or personal information.
The Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina reported more scammers are using the names of legitimate businesses and organizations to lure in job seekers.
An ad went up on Craigslist for a job at the Association of Corporate Travel Executives, which is a real agency in Virginia. Those who responded to the ad received fake checks to deposit with instructions to write a portion of the money back to the agency. The checks never cleared, and the victims lost the money and still had no job.
A few warning signs of a possible scam are grammatical errors, misspellings and lots of exclamation points. Also be wary of jobs with generic titles like "Admin Assistant" or "Customer Service Rep" and the phrases "Teleworking OK", "Immediate Start" and "No Experience Needed."
If the company asks for personal information to run a credit check, that's another huge red flag.