The Better Business Bureau says this rough economy is a prime time for scammers to target those desperate for work, and with more than 400,000 Middle Georgians unemployed it could happen to you. The BBB says, job hunting scams are one of the top 10 scams affecting consumers and are becoming more popular.
Often these scammers try to gain access to bank accounts or Social Security numbers. These scams also require a hopeful job applicant to pay money upfront to even be considered for a job opening.
According to Bob Thompson, with the Georgia Department of Labor, this scams targets a large group of people desperate for an income.
"With the economy the way it is and with lots of people out of work people are coming up with all sort of different ways to try and make money," says Thompson.
Georgia's 10.4% unemployment rate is above the nation's average of 9%, another concern for the BBB.