Job ads on the rise, but many false

A greater number of job ads might boost consumer confidence, but state legal officials and local workforce experts say not all ads are real and should be researched.

Attorney General John Suthers warned Coloradoans today to be cautious of positions advertised on Web sites.

And, the same old adage applies.

“If a job sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” he said.

One type of fraudulent listing stems from overseas companies searching for people in the U.S. to handle transactions by “processing” payments through their own bank account and transferring some of the money, via wire, to their “employers.” Of course, the victims receive fake checks but have wired their own money overseas.

Another scam involves mystery shoppers, who are “hired” to test the services of local companies, and also asked to wire money elsewhere.

Jeanne Cotter, public information officer for the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, said that the bigger job boards, such as Monster, USAJobs and, have job seekers create a profile.

“So, if the site you’re looking at does not request a profile – that’s a warning sign,” Cotter said.

Job seekers should “always research a company” by doing an online search or by checking with the Better Business Bureau.

“If the company name is not listed, that’s another warning sign,” Cotter said. “Never send money or submit any personal data, such a Social Security number, bank account number, date of birth, etc.”

Suspicious job listings can be reported by calling (800) 222-4444 or e-mailing

One Response to Job ads on the rise, but many false

  1. Craig’s List Job Posts are the worst offenders. Don’t even waste your time looking for a gig there!

    June 11, 2009 at 2:05 pm