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This Craigslist job is a scam, right?

zktzkt Registered User regular
edited April 2012 in Help / Advice Forum
On the 27th I emailed my resume for this job. Nothing seemed sketchy in the post, but I received an email today saying I have the job if I submit a credit report. A few other things in the email send off a red flag. They want me to Submit my credit report and references by thursday at 10am. The sooner I submit everything determines how soon I can begin training and orientation. They have a URL for me to follow which I think redirects to a credit check site. The URL is made to look like their site.

The company is called Openworld Data. I did a search on google maps for them in my city and nothing came up. I tried searching for the address of their HQ listed on their site and nothing comes up. the URL for the credit check (openworld-data.com) is the domain I received this email from.


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    Fuzzy Cumulonimbus CloudFuzzy Cumulonimbus Cloud Registered User regular
    I would request a phone interview or something to confirm, but most actual employers don't need you to put it any information. It is probably a scam.

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    godmodegodmode Southeast JapanRegistered User regular
    They are not listed on the Better Business Bureau's website. Sorry, but they don't seem to exist.

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    godmodegodmode Southeast JapanRegistered User regular
    edited April 2012
    However, jobs asking for a credit report are actually fairly common. But I'd ignore it, in this case.
    (That is, jobs where you have some financial responsibility. Not typically computer jobs.
    And NEVER on Craigslist!)

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    FiggyFiggy Fighter of the night man Champion of the sunRegistered User regular
    And you usually go through an actual interview process for real jobs. If you ever get "hired" simply by sending in your resume, chances are it's not a real job.

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    DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    Yeah, the problem isn't that they're checking your credit. It's that you've never interviewed with anyone and they're directing you to a website to enter your information for a credit check. You don't submit the credit report to a potential employer typically. You fill out the paperwork with them authorizing them to check your credit record. Honestly, if you're concerned enough to think something is sketchy to ask other people, it is sketchy enough for you to just avoid it completely. You know this in your gut, but the whole scam operates on the premise that you're desperate enough that you'll be more likely to ignore those red flags and go ahead.

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    BedlamBedlam Registered User regular
    Yeah I had the same thing happen to me. Throw away the email and drop all contact with this person.

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    finralfinral Registered User regular
    When I was looking for work, I got tons of responses like that from craigslist. Definitely a scam.

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    RuckusRuckus Registered User regular
    zkt wrote:
    On the 27th I emailed my resume for this job. Nothing seemed sketchy in the post, but I received an email today saying I have the job if I submit a credit report. A few other things in the email send off a red flag. They want me to Submit my credit report and references by thursday at 10am. The sooner I submit everything determines how soon I can begin training and orientation. They have a URL for me to follow which I think redirects to a credit check site. The URL is made to look like their site.

    The company is called Openworld Data. I did a search on google maps for them in my city and nothing came up. I tried searching for the address of their HQ listed on their site and nothing comes up. the URL for the credit check (openworld-data.com) is the domain I received this email from.


    Are you saying that the URL they gave you to submit personal details for a credit check matches their company URL or the URL from which the emails came? That's a big fuckin red flag right there.

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    DeebaserDeebaser on my way to work in a suit and a tie Ahhhh...come on fucking guyRegistered User regular
    I'm sorry dude, but that's a scam. No one will give you a job without meeting someone.

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    Gabriel_PittGabriel_Pitt (effective against Russian warships) Registered User regular
    The perennial advice applies - if you ever ask a question that ends with, "-is a scam, right?" then the answer is always, 'yes, it's a scam.'

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    kittykkittyk Registered User new member
    The company, Openworld Data, is genuine.
    Its the craigslist advert/domain used by the scammer that is not. They could have impersonated any company i suppose.
    No legitimate company is ever going to ask you to spend money on a credit report.


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    failedenglishmajorfailedenglishmajor Registered User new member
    I am getting these same emails. I looked on their company website and it doesn't even look like they have a location in Chicago which is where I am.

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    kittykkittyk Registered User new member
    edited April 2012
    I telephoned Openworld Data, the person I spoke to was really nice. It ISNT their advert.

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