Be Careful Where You Job Hunt: New Scam On The Rise
The scamsters haven’t gone away and aren’t slowing down. They are constantly concocting new ways to separate you from your hard-earned money and to perpetrate other fraud.
At TFCU, we are hearing from an increasing number of members about a new scheme. This new scam involves offers of “jobs” on sites such as Craigslist, to “receive and send money.” Once the criminals have a bite on the ad, they request that the person wanting the job open an account at their financial institution and provide the account information for online access. That’s right, the criminals want you to open an account and give them full online access to it – account number, password, answers to authentication questions and anything else required to have full control of that account. Although employers will need information such as your Social Security number and account number for direct deposit, they should never need full access to your accounts.
TFCU has warned its members about various scams like this for years and is warning you again not to fall for schemes that involve sharing your personal information, such as account information and credentials. If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is. In the end, the only people who profit from it are the criminals trying to lure you in.
If you feel you have been a victim of this type of scheme, and you opened an online account at TFCU thinking it was for a new job, contact us immediately so we can make sure your money is safe.
To report internet crime, submit a report to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.