We are all aware of the saying that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. When it comes to job postings online, that old saying still applies. Be on the lookout for scams when filling out job applications online.

$1,000 Weekly To Post On Facebook

A very close friend of mine reached out to me about a job opportunity in Amarillo that was definitely too good to be true. I couldn't believe the screenshots as I read through them.

The starting pay was $1,000 per week, with the opportunity for more. To sweeten the already pretty sweet pot, it wouldn't take much effort to pull off the job.

It all started with a job listing to run an office remotely. After submitting a resume, my friend was contacted by the individual who ran the business. They informed my friend that the job they applied for was no longer available, however they did have an "online posting job," as it was described.

The Old Bait and Switch.

I'm sure you're familiar with the concept of a bait-and-switch. This new offer was going to be better than the last, as it paid $1,000 weekly. That's a lot of cheddar.

All that my friend would have to do is use their Facebook profile to post houses to the Facebook Marketplace using the business owner's phone number and information about the house provided via text message.

Sounds sketchy, right?

No Business Name, and The Job Keeps Changing.

My friend asked what the company name was, and none was given. The person doing the "hiring" just stated that they were the owner of the properties.

When my friend brought up posting from a business page instead of their own personal Facebook page, the owner of the properties just encouraged my friend to make a new Facebook profile. The reason why? Because the owner and his wife bought a new property and wanted to rent out the old one.

That doesn't make sense.

Bait and Switch, No Details, Lack of Professionalism are all Red Flags

Red flags abound in the conversation. From the job listing being about running an office, to posting about "houses," to being about only the one property, the extreme amount of pay for posting on Facebook, and the inability of the "owner" to offer any kind of real details.

Right now with the way things are in Amarillo and the rest of the country when it comes to employment, be cautious when filling out job applications. People are desperate on all sides. Workers want better pay. Employers want workers. Don't let a dollar sign fool you into making a bad decision.

Amarillo On 'America's Most Wanted'

I was surprised to find out recently that we also have a bit of a history with the show America's Most Wanted.

Digging through old news articles, I found several separate occasions where Amarillo and America's Most Wanted crossed paths. It makes me wonder if there are some that I've missed.

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