KENNEWICK, Wash. -- We received a suspicious email today asking us to run an employment ad in our newspaper.
That was the first red flag since we obviously are not a newspaper.
The sender promised he would forward us his credit card information once the ad is placed. Zan Deery of the Better Business Bureau says this is a classic example of a credit card scam.
"They're either trying to use a stolen credit card or they're trying to activate a credit card that they created as a result of ID theft. They need to put something on a card to activate it and the scammers just try to hit businesses with these types of transactions."
Deery also tells us that this is also a job opportunity scam, preying on people who have recently lost their jobs.
The easiest thing you can do to avoid being scammed; don't respond to job listings or emails you find suspicious.