Transcript for Scammers Target Job-Search Sites
We're back with a new warning about popular search sites like linkedin. Hundreds of millions use them and some falling victim to a malicious scam thinking they got the job and then getting ripped off. Gio Benitez has more. Reporter: Millions are searching for jobs online using those popular sites like linked in and indeed. Some of those so-called employers are actually scammers. Hiding behind a screen. Sara wade of St. Louis says one of these crooks sent her a job opportunity. That initially looked legit. I went ahead and sent my resume to the e-mail he had told me to send it to. Reporter: Wade unsuspecting that anything would go wrong. With linkedin, I had so much luck with finding jobs in the past that I didn't suspect this to be a scam at all. Reporter: Experts say here's how the scam works. The crooks send a desperate job seeker a check, a sort of signing bonus for let's say $,000 then there's a catch, instructions to send most of that back in the form of a gift card or wire transfer. The scammer tells them it's a one time fee. The check, of course, is a fake and now the job seeker's money is in the hands of the scammer. Wade received one of those checks for 2,400 bucks but she didn't play the game. I ended up calling up the bank and they proceeded to let me know that it was fake and for me to make sure I don't deposit it. Reporter: The ftc admitting scams like these are a problem. As technology changes the way that predators seek people out who are looking for these types of opportunities will change with that technology. And it's not just linkedin. Karen Kettering told our Chicago station WLS she used indeed and wasn't so lucky. She tried to deposit a check for almost $2,400, a check that bounced and sent $2,000 to a scammer. To come out fraudulent like this, you know, was a real big shock. This morning indeed tells ABC news indeed has an entire team dedicated to the search quality effort and we do everything we can to determine a job's suitability. Linkedin which Sara wade used telling us when this type of activity is detected we work to quickly remove it and prevent future reoccurrences. We have taken action on Sara's issue. So, remember, no job will ever make you pay a fee for working there. That should be your first red flag. Just don't pay and the best way for websites to learn about this is if you tell them so report it right away. But these guys, they are really convincing. Yeah. Because you know they're so desperate to have a job and you want to feel that everybody is on the up and up. Wow. Thank you very much.
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