Job Seekers Be Vigilant! (Betty Sexton)

If you're looking for a job and responding to various classifieds, know the warning signs.

Good jobs are difficult to come by these days, but don't be discouraged and don't be careless.

I want to thank Larry Pearson of Colorado Springs. He's been on the job hunt, responding to hundreds of ads. He told me about this one that he found on craigslist.

The ad for a personal assistant/delivery driver sounded promising until Larry was asked to cash a $2,520 check. He was told to keep $700 and wire the rest to a stranger in Monroe, Georgia.

Larry checked out the Georgia address and learned it didn't exist. He then called the company where the check was issued and found it, too was bogus.

It's sad in these tough times that crooks are preying on those who can't afford to lose money. In May, a Colorado Springs woman was burned responding to a summer job for a nanny.

Just make sure you take precautions and you won't get burned.

Remember, it's always best to meet a potential employer face to face. Be suspicious about any upfront payments and never wire money to a stranger.

If you have consumer questions, contact us first! The Call for Action crew is here to help.

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