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BBB warns of job offer emails circulating

Posted at 1:34 PM, May 31, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS— The Better Business Bureau Serving Central Indiana issued a warning Friday about emails claiming to be from Mazda with a job offer.

They’ve received several complaints Friday from consumers in Central Indiana.

The consumers were contacted after they posted their resumes online. Both consumers told BBB they were offered the job with no interview beforehand, said the BBB

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“The first email offers the job, the second one is in response to the consumer asking for a phone number to discuss the job offer further, which the business explains why that can't happen,” according to the BBB.

RTV6 is reaching out to Mazda’s corporate headquarters about the email messages.

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BBB Tips on How to Spot This Scam
· Some positions are more likely to be scams. Always be wary of work-from-home or secret shopper positions, or any job with a generic title such as caregiver, administrative assistant, or customer service rep. Positions that don't require special training or licensing appeal to a wide range of applicants. Scammers know this and use these otherwise legitimate titles in their fake ads. If the job posting is for a well-known brand, check the real company's job page to see if the position is posted there. Look online; if the job comes up in other cities with the exact same post, it’s likely a scam.

· Different procedures should raise your suspicion. Watch out for on-the-spot job offers. You may be an excellent candidate for the job, but beware of offers made without an interview. A real company will want to talk to a candidate before hiring. Don't fall for an overpayment scam. No legitimate job would ever overpay an employee and ask for money to be wired elsewhere. This is a common trick used by scammers. And be cautious sharing personal information or any kind of pre-payment. Be careful if a company promises you great opportunities or big income as long as you pay for coaching, training, certifications or directories.

· Government agencies post all jobs publicly and freely. The U.S. and Canadian federal governments and the U.S. Postal Service/Canada Postal Service never charge for information about jobs or applications for jobs. Be wary of any offer to give you special access or guarantee you a job for a fee – if you are paying for the promise of a job, it’s probably a scam.

· Get all details and contracts in writing. A legitimate recruiter will provide you with a complete contract for their services with cost, what you get, who pays (you or the employer), and what happens if you do not find a job.

Mazda encourages consumers to visit this website if they have concerns, and report the matter to the FBI.

“We encourage anyone who receives an unsolicited email to visit our official website, where all openings are posted,” said Emily Taylor, a spokeswoman with Mazda USA.