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Better Business Bureau warns of online job post scam

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There's a warning from the Better Business Bureau about a growing trend in the workforce.  More companies are incorporating the internet as part of their hiring process.  But it's important to be extra careful before making any decisions.

Tammy Richey has a message for you.

"I don't want anyone else to become victim to employment fraud like this," says Richey.

Our story begins just a few days ago.

Richey posted a resume on a few well-known job websites.  Then, she got an e-mail from a company called AAC Technologies.

"I'm thinking cool!  It's doing something for me," says Richey.

She did some research into AAC Technologies, and things seemed to be legit.

"My initial review had Bloomberg and a couple other websites that just tell about the company's financials," says Richey.

Human resources with the so-called company asked her to either download Yahoo Messenger or Google Messenger for an online interview.  The Better Business Bureau says many businesses have moved to more virtual work.

"The scenery has changed in the business world over the last few years," says Judy Mills, President/CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Southwest Missouri.

AAC Technologies sent Richey a check for more than one thousand dollars.  Her bank told her the check wouldn't bounce.  But before the transaction was made, she found a report from the Better Business Bureau, profiling a different woman with the same initial situation, but a much worse outcome.

Richey says, "When will I be depositing the check?  I say, well I will not be depositing the check.  And he says, so you will not be depositing it into your personal account, are you going to open up a new account?  No, I'm not going to open up a new account.  He says, so when will you open up a new account and deposit this check?"

Turns out, once people deposit AAC Technologies' check into their bank accounts, the accounts run dry and AAC Technologies can no longer be contacted.  Richey hasn't lost a dime to the company and believes her identity hasn't been stolen.

By the way, we tried calling the China-based phone numbers of AAC Technologies, but they didn't go through.  Victims of this scam, though, report receiving U.S.-based phone calls from the company, too.

"I'm going to go back to something that the Better Business Bureau has said for many, many years.  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is," says Mills.

The Better Business Bureau also says it's unusual for a company to send you money to purchase anything up front.  Also, be careful when you're asked to travel without compensation.  Never give out your social security number until you see a company representative face-to-face.

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