What is a fraudulent employment offer?
Typically, a scammer sends an initial email offering an “at home” position and may outline the pay scale, the type of equipment/hardware/computer needed, etc. Oftentimes, information about the company they say they represent is included to make the offer appear authentic. The sender may also attempt to obtain credit card or bank account details or request a check or money order for work visas, travel costs, home office expenses, etc. Other senders may tell a victim that they will send a check to cover the cost of expenses and that the remaining funds should be sent to an indicated address.
Job seekers have contacted PMA Consultants regarding email employment offers that have turned out to be false. These emails can seem authentic particularly if our company logo is displayed and convincing details about PMA are provided. (Note: Much of that information can be found easily in the public domain or on social networking pages.) Sometimes scammers advertise a job on websites on behalf of PMA or a PMA executive. These emails and websites have no connection with PMA Consultants.
What should job candidates expect from PMA Consultants?
- PMA displays all current job openings on the Current Openings page.
- The professional selection process requires a formal application and a face-to-face interview.
- PMA does not ask for bank details during the hiring process.
- PMA never asks for money from job applicants nor do we send applicants a check.
- PMA does not send unsolicited job offers to candidates who have not applied.
What should I do if I receive a fraudulent employment offer via email?
- Do not reply and do not call the contact number.
- Do not send any money and never surrender personal information, bank details, etc.
- Never open any attachments.
- Save all received and sent emails and text messages for evidence.
- Save all documents of transactions and remittances for evidence.
- Report the email/website to the abuse department of the domain used by the scammer.
- Report the scam to an internet crime group: FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, Anti Phishing Working Group, or the FTC.
- Finally, please forward the email to email@example.com.