Scam Company Requesting Money from Job Seekers for Background Checks
March 28, 2013
Pre-employment background checks are a part of everyday business and common to most employers in 2013. Some companies conduct background checks with no charge to the candidate, but others will impose the cost on the potential candidate. And who wouldn’t comply with a “small” fee, as long as it promises a job in the near future. Unfortunately, some unsuspecting candidates in desperate need of work are at risk for scams like this one in St. Louis.
You’ve probably heard the story, or rather a story like this one before-a company advertises work and lures in hopeful job candidates who soon find out the company is little more than a fake. The St. Louis Better Business Bureau reported that a company called Bio Advocate Pro has been taking $89 payments from job candidates for a criminal background check. As mentioned above, this might be standard for some companies that cannot afford to do a background check on every candidate. The problem is the job candidates handed over the money for a criminal background check…and never heard from Bio Advocate Pro again. Michelle Corey, BBB president and CEO commented:
“To take money from people who are struggling to support themselves and their families is reprehensible. These thieves and others like them are using bogus job offers to draw people into their scams specifically to steal whatever they can get.”
According to the BBB in St. Louis, job seekers should be suspicious of any potential employer requesting payment by prepaid cash cards or electronic wire transfer systems.
Unfortunately for some, it would have been helpful to know that it is simple for job seekers to prevent this kind of theft by doing a quick search online. Typically, if a scam has been discovered, a quick search on Google or other search engine will provide the information that could protect job seekers from being deceived. Some simple research tips:
- Search for the company’s website and verify the address and phone number
- Check the Better Business Bureau website for alerts and see if the business is listed as accredited
- Do a general search for the company to find out if anyone has posted a review on the company
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