BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - New job listings on Craigslist got the attention of a woman looking for work, but something didn't seem right.
Shawn Marie Finegan of Jamestown found a few job listings that seemed to be just what she is looking for and the pay was just what she needed. She responded to several postings on Craigslist and soon after received e-mail responses. But they all came from the same person, who seemed to be posting multiple, unrelated job listings.
"Because I sent [responses] to different e-mails [listed in the posting], and then when they are coming back, they are coming from the same person. So I just thought, this is not right," Finegan said.
Even before hiring Finegan, the poster also said he would be sending funds to her to run errands, and that was the clincher.
"Running errands, and it is supposed to be for a job, or a medical administrative, clerical, I was thinking, this is not right," she said.
That "red flag", says Peggy Penders of the Better Business Bureau, is that the person posing as an employer is going to send a check - most likely a bogus check - for a large amount of money to cover Finegan's expenses.
"And now they want you to return the remaining balance. What ends up happening is that all that check is phony, you end up out of that money, and the money you have wired back," Penders explained.
She warns that while looking for work, guard your personal information.
Penders said, "And don't give away your Social Security Number, or any banking information to your future employer, until you have that job."
Penders also warns that if someone asks for your checking account and routing number, they can use that information to take from your account, rather than make a deposit.
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