Watch out for job scams

Our friends at the Better Business Bureau sent out this post regarding job posting scams.  Hard to believe that there are those who will prey on those seeking employment.  Like everything these days, it pays to be vigilant. 

A savvy job seeker always checks out a business before going on an interview. But what happens when that company's name is just a cover for a scam? 

How the Scam Works:

An increasing amount of scammers are using the names of legitimate businesses and organizations to lure in job seekers.

In one recent example, scammers posted a help wanted ad on Craigslist for an opportunity at the real, Virginia-based "Association of Corporate Travel Executives."  When job hunters responded to the ad, imposters sent them checks to deposit. Consumers were told keep a portion of the check as their pay and to wire the rest to a third party via Western Union. Of course, the checks never cleared, and victims were out the money.

In another variation, scammers stole the name of a Better Business Bureau accredited, Ohio-based business FBN Construction LLC. Scammers sent emails to local consumers promoting a job opportunity at the company and encouraging applicants to fill out an online form on a fake website. The form asked for personal information, opening job seekers up to identity theft.


6 million Linkedin passwords compromised

Linkedin has confirmed that over 6 Million of its passwords have been compromised.  Below is information regarding the breach from a LinkedIn director's Blog.

So, what should you do now:

1.  Login to your Linkedin account directly (via the website, not via any link) and change your password.


Better Business Bureau - Tips on where to give

Americans seeing the devastation wreaked by recent tornadoes are responding with generous gifts of time and money, as they've traditionally responded to disasters throughout the world.  But even when needs are close to home, givers should take steps to assure themselves that their donations will go to legitimate and reputable charities and relief efforts that have the capability to help victims, cautions the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance.


"Despite long experience in giving for major natural disasters, and with the desire to quickly help those in need, Americans sometimes forget to heed advice that's relevant to all charitable giving," says Art Taylor, President and CEO of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.  "In the present situation, we advise donors especially to learn about what individual charities are doing and the time frame of their work. Donors who know what to expect from the charities they support are less likely to question the benefit of their gifts." 


BBB Wise Giving Alliance offers the following five tips to help Americans decide where to direct donations:


Take time to check out the charity. The best way to avoid being disappointed in helping Storm Relief Charities is to find out more about the charity before making the donation.  Unfortunately, most people don't. Donors should review the charity's website and go to third party sites such as the BBB Wise Giving Alliance ( to learn more about the charity and verify its accountability.


Identify what stage of relief the charity intends to provide. There are three general stages to relief efforts.  Find out which stage the charity is intending to address.  The Emergency Response stage involves immediate assistance and rescue needs and takes place within the first days after the storm.  Next, Disaster Relief occurs in the first month and provides clothing and temporary shelter for displaced families.  Finally, the Recovery Stage can last over a year and involves clean up, repair and/or rebuilding homes, and other long-term recovery needs.


Bill Gates' eleven rules

About ten years ago, Bill Gates gave a speech at a High School in California about what they would not likely learn in the classroom.  A few things have changed over the past decade, but the rules that Gates suggests are still VERY true, not just for kids, but for all of us.

UPDATE - 22:10 ET - We have been informed that Bill Gates apparently did NOT write these rules or give the speech where they are attributed to.  Still - they are worth reading!!!  From more information about origin of "the rules" checkout:

Rule 1: Life is not fair -- get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.


Best definition of Entrepreneurship

A couple of years ago, I was digging around on the Internet and stumbled across the following definition of entrepreneurship from Harvard Professor, Howard Stevenson as written in 1983:

Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled.

I found it again just a few days ago in an article on WWW.INC.COM. It really home this time. I realized that every successful entrepreneur, business person, and individual I've ever met instictively follows Stevenson's definition. And it's not just in the business world. Think about the successful not-for-profits in our area. Think about the creators, directors, and managers of those organizations. Each embraces this definition of entrepreneurship in their own way.

This is one of those definitions that takes reading a few times to begin to ferret out its full meaning.


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