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Finding jobs on-line tough enough without having to watch out for scams

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Craigslist and classifieds are obvious resources job seekers are using to find work, but scammers are seeing this as an easy way to collect personal information. Kristin Yonkers said, "I graduated from UNCW on Saturday and I've basically been a wreck for the past two months trying to find a job." Kristin Yonkers, like many others, is feeling the fear and anxiety of unemployment. "It's grueling,” she said. She searches job sites like Craigslist and Monster, but is skeptical of what she finds, and for a good reason. While the sites may lead many to employment, several others get scammed. Matthew Thomas, a job placement specialist said, "If they send you out a letter that sounds very standard, chances are you aren't the only one who received it and they're just trying to obtain some information from you." So what's in it for the scammer? Thomas said once job scammer's get a hold of your personal information, they sell it to solicitors. That's how many junk e-mailers clog up your inbox. Thomas helped develop a new program that places Cape Fear Community College students and graduates in jobs. He says they take every precaution to make sure the program is scam-free. “I check their website, I check the information that they provide and I make sure they're an actual employer and everything checks out." Craigslist warns job seekers that they are searching at their own risk, and requires very little information to post jobs, thus opening the door for scammers. To make sure you don't fall into a scammer's trap, research the company before you apply. Thomas said, “Take that information, take every bit of that information and do everything you possibly can." And like Yonkers, look out for suspicious postings. “Stuff that's just too good to be true. I mean if you're going to be making $3,000 from home, that just doesn't make sense." Wilmington's local paper, the Star News, investigates job openings they suspect are scams before posting them in the classifieds. has a confidential resume option that protects users contact information. It's security measures like this, that filter out scams to help job searchers like Kristin Yonkers find a job. Before you send a resume or give out any personal information, call the employer and check out the company's website or you can research the corporation on-line to make sure it is a legitimate job opening, and not just a scam.

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