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Prerequisite Job Course

You finally get your dream job opportunity!

You've posted your resume online and a representative of a "great" company calls you and invites you for an interview, which is announced to be part of a long hiring process. The salary is the biggest you've ever had and the pressure is high. You have to go to their fancy HR office downtown and have an interview with the manager.

The interview goes well, but at the end you feel the manager has some reservations about you. Finally, he tells you that you are potentially a good candidate, but in order to move into the second phase of the interview, he recommends that you take a prerequisite course, called something fancy as well (usually an acronym).

This is where people fall for the scam. Desperate that they might lose a fantastic job while others already have that course under their belt, victims agree to pay a couple of hundred dollars for a course that doesn’t exist. They register for the course, which is supposed to start in three weeks, sign the papers, pay the fee and go.

What happens is: scammers get the victims to sign a contract as registration for the course, and somewhere in there add a disclaimer. It is specified that if within this time another applicant is succesful, the person who registered for the course loses the fee. As you can guess, there is no course, as the crooks call the applicant to inform that someone else has been selected for the job.

Scammers usually rent the so-called HR office for two weeks at the time, wherever they can pay the landlord in cash, leaving no trail behind. All the victims are called and brought there “for an interview” during those two weeks, while scammers might move to a different city. The victims are embarrassed to report, as they sign a contract/agreement.

How to avoid:

Just as in many other cases, never pay for a job; the job should pay you.

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