Hartsfield-Jackson officials warn of Craigslist job scam

As posted on February 27, 2012 on www.ajc.com

By David Ibata

Officials at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport are warning about a Craiglist posting that offers jobs with great pay and benefits at the airport to those who pay a $35 fee, Channel 2 Action News reported.

“The airlines at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport are currently hiring,” says a recording at the phone number listed in the ad.

The recording promises entry-level positions – no experience necessary – for jobs including flight attendants, baggage handlers and mechanics. The recording says the jobs, with starting pay of $14 to $22 per hour, offer such benefits as health insurance, paid vacations, retirement plans “and free flights for you and your family.”

“We do have a one-time processing fee of $35,” the recording says. An applicant is asked to send information including his or her name, address and telephone number, “and money order or certified check for $35 made payable to American Careers, or $35 cash,” to an address in Washington, D.C.

Hartsfield-Jackson officials told Channel 2 they are not using American Careers to help post jobs.

"As far as we are aware, this is a scam, and job-seekers are urged not to reply to these ‘fake’ job postings when seeking employment at Hartsfield-Jackson,” the airport said in a prepared statement. “Companies doing business with the airport do not work with employment agencies that charge job candidates for their services.”

John Sours, administrator of the Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection, said his office receives complaints about job offers like this every day.

“If something appears to be too good to be true, it almost certainly is,” Sours told Channel 2. “Nobody’s going to get you a decent, good paying job with benefits for a one-shot $30 fee. It just doesn’t work like that."

"No legitimate business is going to shop jobs without doing career counseling to make sure you’re fit for that job," Sours said.

To find legitimate job offers, airport officials cite a job fair scheduled for April 2, 3 and 4 at the Georgia International Convention Center.