With unemployment rising and so many South Carolinians in search of work, the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs is recommending those using online job search websites to be cautious of online scammers. With the demand for employment and supplemental income so high, scammers are using reputable and trusted online job search sites to take advantage of consumers. Consumer Affairs Public Information Coordinator Maria Audus says her agency encourages individuals to continue to use theses sites because of their convenience, but warns of the possible dangers.
According to Audus, “They’re posting jobs that are not legitimate jobs on a lot of these job search sites and these job search engines. Unfortunately, consumers are trusting the sites without checking the individual jobs out. They’re getting caught in the middle of scams and, in some cases, losing money on it.”
Audus adds that consumers should be wary of emails claiming a great job opportunity. She says, “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
“You want to do the looking for the job. You want to choose your job. You don’t want an employer choosing you, especially through email, because again a lot of times that includes clicking on links. That is related to a lot of phishing scams. So that is something else to look out for.
“The number one thing, if you have any questions or if you’re not sure, go ahead and give our department a call first.”
You can reach Consumer Affairs at 1-800-922-1594.