Employee Benefits Scam: How It Works
Many people are willing to relocate in search of a new job and a great future in their industry. Maybe you are one of them. However, be aware of this scam on the rise, or make everyone you know aware of it. The Employee Benefits and Corporate Discount Scam is targeting these days victims who find great jobs but in a different city. How does the scam work?
Watch the video below to see in detail the Corporate Discount Scam exposed:
You post your resume online and a few days later receive a call from a well-known company’s HR department, located in a different city. They saw your resume and thought you would make a great candidate for a position they are offering.
For you, it’s a dream job with a great company that pays better than you were expecting. Just like that, you think, your unemployment woes are through.
They ask a few basic questions and then say they’d like to do a follow-up interview on Zoom, Skype or Google Hangouts. You do it. They look great: suits, ties, and professionally equipped in the office. You like them, they like you. It seems like you aced the interview.
They say they would hire you, but there is one small problem, for which they are willing to make a sacrifice. They can’t pay for your plane ticket, but they can offer you their corporate discount rate at half price, as well as other small preliminary employee benefits.
If you are interested, they will book the flight internally to get you the 50% discount, as soon as you give them the payment information. Unfortunately, there will be no plane ticket waiting for you. Sure, you will see charges on your card–but it won’t be for anything you need.
You may not be getting on a plane, but you were taken for a ride. It is one of the most prevalent job scams out there.
How To Avoid The Corporate Discount Scam
First of all, no prospective employee will ask for your credit card information. But if you insist on finding out for sure, look up the company’s number in the phone book and call their HR department and see if it was them. Chances are, it wasn’t.
You may not have your dream job, but at least you still have your credit intact.
How To Report The Corporate Discount Scam
Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers’ phone number to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) using the link below:
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