ASSIGNMENT 13: New scam targets job hunters, Boys and Girls Club

By: Aaron Dimick Email
By: Aaron Dimick Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – Job hunters, beware.

Right now dozens of ads are flooding a popular website, looking to dupe unsuspecting job seekers.

The postings for an Executive Assistant at the Boys and Girls Club have been popping up on Craigslist pages across the Midwest and in Eau Claire.

The Boys and Girls Club came to the WEAU 13 News to get the word out about the scam.

While the area has had Craigslist scammers post ads for houses and cars, the Eau Claire Police Department said targeting job hunters is something new.

Monday morning, Sara Antonson said she got a call from a woman about a job posting for an Executive Assistant position at the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley.

But there was just one problem.

“We don't have a job like that being listed right now,” Antonson said.

Mystified, the local club's Executive Director went on Craigslist to find a posting offering $17 dollars an hour, medical benefits and paid vacation.

Antonson said she instantly recognized it as a scam.

The woman told Antonson that when she replied to the ad, the scammers insisted she submit her personal information to a credit bureau in order to get an interview.

“I'm so thankful that she called us, because the ad specifically said not to call us. So we would not have known,” Antonson said.

WEAU was able to get a copy of the bogus ad before Antonson had it pulled.

While it may have vanished from Eau Claire's Craigslist, the same post is plastered on pages across the Midwest, stretching from Milwaukee to Fargo, North Dakota and all the way down to Mason City, Iowa.

With so many ads out there, countless job hunters could be getting tricked.

“The Boys and Girls Club, it’s about kids. We’re trying to help the community. I do think that they thought it would be good to take advantage of,” Antonson said
When using Craigslist for any purpose, the Eau Claire Police Department said you should be cautious and read scam warnings on the website.

If you're looking for work, Antonson said not being able to call a potential work place is a big red flag.

“If it truly is a valid job offer, you probably should be able to call the organization,” Antonson said.

WEAU emailed the people posting the job ads to see what's going on but haven’t heard back.

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