Direct Deposit Scam: How It Works
You have been looking for a job online and finally, one day receive a confirmation you are hired. You just have to pass an interview on Google Hangouts, Zoom or Skype. You are more than happy and log in.
The person who contacts you is very professional and after a few questions, gives you the details about what your employment with the company will entail. You love it and trust it, since they are joining the interview from a very nice office.
The interview may continue with another meeting a week later, as they are not yet ready to make a decision. However, after the second live chat, it looks like you are the chosen one. Victory!
After a few common-sense instructions, the employer informs you that their policy is to pay the salaries into a direct deposit account, and you will have to set one up especially for this. As most companies do the same thing, you would agree and are ready to join the team.
They will ask you to give the details needed for your account, including your Social Security Number and date of birth. Little did you know that they will take you on for a ride. You know what can happen from this point on.
Direct Deposit Scam: How To Avoid
If you get a job, you should visit the site. If that’s not possible, make sure you take their phone number and call the Human Resources Department back with questions (but not the number provided by the scammers). You should never set up a direct deposit account for this.
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How To Report a Scammer
Let your family and friends know about the Direct Deposit Scam by distributing this article on your social media platforms. You can also officially report scammers and any suspicious activity to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) using this link below:
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