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QUINCY (WGEM) -- If you're job hunting online in the Tri-States, be on the lookout for a scam that might be targeting you.

A Quincy restaurant took to Facebook to warn you that a job listing stating they were hiring for waiters and waitresses was a scam.

Quincy Better Business Bureau Regional Director Don O'Brien said scammers try to imitate well-known companies in an effort to get your information.

O'Brien said they might even send you a pay check to make the scam more believable.

"When you go into business with someone you don't know, you really want to investigate them and find out as much information as you can because the last thing you want to do is give up your social security number," O'Brien said. "Sometimes these folks will have you give your driver's license to them."

O'Brien said if you come across a job listing that seems too good to be true, it most likely is.

Interconnect General Counsel Tim Bonansinga said one red-flag is a job listing promising a pay-rate that doesn't compare to the job position.

He said there are several things a credible hiring agency will not ask you right away.

"They want that social security number, they want contact numbers, they want names of people that would be connected to the people they're talking to," Bonansinga said.

He said in most instances, scammers are looking to get your information to sell to other agencies for a profit.

To protect yourself, he said do your research on the company and check if they have openings before applying for a position.

O'Brien said to report scams like this to the Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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