Action 9: Watch out for job offers that look too good

by: Jason Stoogenke Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

Jennifer Davis has a full-time job but even she couldn't resist when she saw a certain ad on Craigslist.  "It paid good. It was like 20 bucks an hour. Why not?" she said.
 
She said the ad was for a company called Eden Energy of India. The job was for bookkeeping and data entry which is right up Davis's alley. 
 
"It fit me to a ‘T,’" she said.
 
But something didn't fit.
 
Davis said the business told her to sign up for Yahoo Messenger and communicate that way. They also said she had to buy software, that she had to wire the money and that she'd get paid back later.
 
 "I said, 'Something's not all right there,'" she said.
 
So she reported it to Action 9. 
 
Better Business Bureau President Tom Bartholomy said to be skeptical if you have to spend money to make money.
 
"If they're saying they're not going to even officially hire you into you complete this and you have to do it through them, that's got red flags written all over it," he said.
 
Davis didn't pursue it. 
 
It's still not clear whether Eden Energy is a legitimate company. 
 
It has a website but it never responded to any of Action 9’s emails. 
 
It may be legitimate and just hire people in an unusual way. 
 
Either way, Davis wasn't about to find out the hard way and there's always the chance the ad wasn't even from Eden Energy at all. 

If you've been ripped off, overbilled or misled; or if you see something that is hurting all consumers, contact Action 9.