CREATED Mar. 4, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Finding a job these days can be challenging. And scam artists aren't making it any easier. Many employers want you to apply for work through company websites. But as Contact 13's Tricia Kean warns, it's more important than ever to know who you're dealing with when you're online.
"Go on the Internet and put all these applications in and hopefully I get something," says Janna Weiler.
She was laid off last November. She says since then, she's applied for countless jobs online. But it wasn't until mid-February, when she got a promising email.
"It says we want to offer you the position of gift wrapper," says Janna.
The email was from someone claiming to be an HR Director for JC Penney. Janna thought the offer was a little strange, since it was after the holiday season. But the email included a copy of Janna's own resume. They also sent her this job application.
"So I thought it's got to be legit... It looks so real," says Janna.
She quickly filled out the paperwork, and emailed it back. But it was the next email that made Janna suspicious. Turns out the job was a work from home position.
"They're going to mail me all the supplies to the house and then I'm going to rewrap them and then have delivery pick them up," says Janna.
She says she thought it was strange and decided to look up a phone number for JC Penney customer service.
"And called them up and asked them if this is what they did? And they said no," says Janna.
That's when she decided to email Contact 13. We reached out to JC Penney ourselves and they verify this is a fake job offer, that wasn't issued by their company. In fact, a quick Internet search of JC Penney gift wrapper jobs, brings up dozens of warnings.
In some cases, thieves are using the well-known company name, trying to steal your identity. And sometimes it's a reshipping scam, where thieves have you gift wrap stolen items, they've sold online. Janna says she wants to warn others.
"Like everybody says, if it's too good to be true, then don't believe it," says Janna.
So here's the Contact 13 bottom line: You should always verify any job offer. Call the business yourself and ask for more information. That's ultimately what helped Janna learn this was a scam.
She admits, she posted her resume on so many websites, it was easy for scammers to find.
If you think you've been the victim of a scam, remember we've got your back Las Vegas. Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll see what we can do to help.