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Recruiting Fraud Statement
Beware of Recruiting Fraud
Job applicants should be aware of job recruitment, interview, and offer scams using the Internet and social media platforms. Scammers frequently use a company’s logo to give the appearance of legitimacy. The scam preys upon those seeking employment and uses fraudulent offers of interviews and/or employment with employers such as Mid State Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center (Mid State) to steal from the victims. No applicant for employment with Mid State is ever required to pay money as part of the job application or hiring process, and Mid State’s job recruitment process involves in-person and/or virtual interviews in most cases. In addition, Mid State’s recruiting staff sends email communications to job applicants from “@midstateortho.com” or other affiliated clinic email accounts only.
Recognizing Recruiting Fraud
The following are warning signs of recruiting fraud:
- You are required to provide your credit card, bank account number(s) or other personal financial information as part of the “job application” process.
- The open position does not appear on the company’s website listing of job positions
- The contact email address contains a domain such as “@live.com”, “@gmail.com”, or another personal email account.
- The position requires an initial monetary investment, such as a payment by wire transfer.
- The posting includes spelling and grammatical errors.
- You are offered a payment or “reward” in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account (e.g., for depositing checks or transferring money related to employment).
- You are asked to provide a photo of yourself.
- The job posting does not mention required qualifications and job responsibilities, but instead focuses on the amount of money to be made.
- The job posting reflects initial pay that is high compared to the average compensation for the position type.
- The “employer” contacts you by phone, but there is no way to call them back or the number is not active or goes only to a voice message box.
What You Can Do
If you believe you have been the victim of job recruiting fraud, you can:
- File an incident report at: https://www.cybercrime.gov
- Call the FTC at: 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).
- File a complaint with the FBI at: https://ic3.gov
- Contact the local police to report the fraud.
- Contact your bank or credit card company to close the account and dispute the charges.