Job Scams on the Rise in West Texas

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - With the downfall in the economy, and people losing their jobs finding a new job on the internet or newspaper can actually be a risky thing. The Better Business Bureau says lately there has been a rise in job scams. 

It's a common thing for many to turn to the classifieds when in need for a job, but getting a quick response back may seem too good to be true.

"There are some companies that will say you're hired and you haven't filled anything out yet. In exchange, they'll ask for your information or ask you to pay," Heather Francell with the Better Business Bureau, said.

Scams are posted everywhere from Craig's List to false advertisements in newspapers.

"There are people who get an e-mail from a company who says we want to hire you, but when they go to the company's legitimate website, the company says we're not the ones sending out the spam," Francell said.

Francell says it's mostly the "Work From Home'' ads that are red flagged in their system.

You can contact the Better Business Bureau if you would like to verify a company's legitimacy, just be sure to have the company's name and phone number.