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The New York State Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection is alerting consumers to watch out for bogus job offers by con artists using the name of high-profile companies.

In the latest scam, a phony job offer was posted on Craigslist for a position at the Better Business Bureau. The posting did not require a resume or previous experience and promised to pay $25-40 per hour. The number listed was a direct line to the con artists who then asked callers for copies of their state ID and social security card. In similar scams, the con artist asked the jobseeker for money for an "application fee" or job training before employment.

To prevent falling victim to this type of scam, please take note of the following tips:

• Be wary of job postings for high-paying jobs that ask for 'no resume' or 'no experience'.

• If you are unsure, verify the job posting by going directly to the company's website.

• Do not send money for the promise of landing a job.

• Use secure and reputable sites when searching for jobs online.

• Be wary of employers who want personal information prior to an interview or offer to hire before an interview.

For more information regarding scam prevention and mitigation, please contact the New York Department of State, Division of Consumer Protection at (518)-474-8583.