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The Real Deal: Job Seekers Deal with Scams Online

SCHENECTADY "" With the new year upon us many folks may be looking for a new job but if your search starts online, be careful. A new twist on an old job scam is making its way around the Capital Region.

Michele is on the job hunt. She's been posting her resume on different websites and applying for jobs online for a few months now, and recently she got a hit. "I get an email about this position, a data-entry/administrative assistant position, it sounded great," she tells CBS6. The email claimed to be from the hiring manager at Fortis Healthcare Limited, an India-based company. The sender said that Fortis was expanding to the United States and was planning to open an office in Schenectady. If Michele was offered the job, she would start immediately working from home and then transition into the Schenectady office when it opened in February.

Michele was asked to log into Yahoo Messenger for an interview and after an hour of questions about her resume and experience she was offered the job at $25/hour. The "manager" claimed that she would need a number of software programs but the company would pay for them if she provided her bank account information. That's when Michele started getting suspicious. She did a little more research and found out the whole thing was bogus. "There isn't a building coming here, Fortis is not coming here, I don't know how they sleep at night doing this. Thank God I didn't give him any account information cause he would have really wiped me out," she says.

Fortis Healthcare Limited is a real company, but someone just used its name to try and pull off a scam they were pretty dedicated to. Michele was shocked they would spend an hour interviewing her just to make it seem like they were legitimate. "I felt embarrassed, I felt really kind of stupid at first because it has never happened to me and I felt down because there are a lot of good people out there that are looking for a job and they just want to work," she says.

If you're looking for a job, be cautious. Ask for an in-person or Skype interview before providing any information that isn't already on your resume. Also, you should never have to pay money to make money. If someone asks for your bank account information, it's a scam and you should move on in your search for employment.
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