Job seekers beware: New phishing scam makes it sound like you’re ‘In’

By Robb Hicken/ BBB’s chief storyteller

Senior engineer, IT, Administration, Production, marketing and general service departments at the Suzuki Maruti plant in Vasant Kuji, New Delhi is hiring — at least that’s the job offer that came in the email to BBB on Monday.

It appears this fraudulent email has made its way to the United States having run its course in other parts of the world since December 2010. Suzuki

Maruti Suzuki India Limited is a subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation of Japan. Maruti Suzuki is a leading manufacturer of passenger vehicles in India. Lovingly referred to as the people’s car maker; over the past three decades Maruti Suzuki has changed the way people in India commute and travel, according to the company website.

This email states has been reported on scam alerts list around the world.

There is no job offer, do not apply.

First, they ask for more information. If they had received or discovered you resume, they would have already had access to the information they are asking for. In addition, they ask for a deposit of thousands of dollars,  they claim will be returned upon the visit to the New Delhi plant for your interview.

They also promise  “you will be pleased to know that of the 62 candidate’s selected 55 candidates will be given appointment, meaning your Application can be in progress to the final stage.” Another false statement to make you feel that you have the job.

A statement from the company:

“Maruti doesn’t take payments towards recruitment in its organisation. This is a fraudulent mail being operated by a group of criminals. The matter is under investigation by the Gurgaon and Delhi police. We have issued public notices and cautioned people with an update on our website too.” – S Maitra, CEO, Maruti Suzuki

The Tribune reported that the India Ministry is also taking action: Job scam using Maruti’s name unearthed; govt orders probe

Follow these tips when applying for jobs:

  • Exercise Caution. When using social networking sites like Facebook and online employment sites such as Craigslist, be sure to check the real Web site of the company posting the position to verify it actually exists. If you don’t see it on their site, chances are it’s a scam.
  • Guard Your Resume. Some job seekers have uploaded their résumé online but remember to make sure you only upload it for a legitimate purpose and company. Resumes often contain personal information, ripe for identity theft thieves.
  • Start with Trust. Many scams use names that are similar to reputable companies to trick job seekers. BBB recommends that job seekers check out the company first at bbb.org and to apply through the real company site when possible.
  • Never Pay Upfront Fees. No legitimate job offer will need out-of-pocket expenses from a potential employee for background checks, credit reports or administrative fees before an interview.
  • Protect Personal Information. Job seekers should never give their social security number or birth date until they have verified the job is legitimate. Additionally, job seekers should never give bank account information for direct deposit setup until they have officially been hired.
  • Be Careful of the “Perfect Offer.” Job seekers should be cautious of any posting advertising extremely high pay for short hours or minimal required experience. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Avoid Work-at-Home Offers. Most jobs that imply you can work from home or rake in cash are a ploy to trap you into giving away your credit card information, cashing fake checks, or paying for training that should be free. Job seekers should understand employees working from home generally go through the traditional in-person interviews and hiring process and often have earlier experience in what they are doing, work for a salary, or have spent time and money developing the market for their work.
  • Report Fraud. If you find a job scam or internet fraud, including Craigslist scams, report it to the BBB by emailing info@boise.bbb.org and contact the Internet Fraud Complaint Center at 800.251.3221 or go to www.ic3.gov.
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