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Readers beware of false ad

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A sample of the classified display advertisement running in today's Brazil Times.
Anyone who answered a classified advertisement that appeared in Tuesday's Brazil Times and BannerGraphic should take note the advertisement was confirmed to be a scam Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Brazil Family Medicine Office Manager Carol Lutes informed The Brazil Times the ad was not accurate at all.

The classified stated people were needed as medical billers for "high activity practice. Computer skills and attention to detail a must."

The ad offered $12- to $13 per hour "depending on experience."

It continued by giving the number for Brazil Family Medicine and a toll free phone number.

Upon calling the toll free number, an automated voice mail detailed the work involved, asking for $189 in order to receive a package, which would tell the prospective employee what they would be doing. The order would also include software for someone to work from home and bill for the medical office.

The voice mail then asked the person to leave their name, telephone number and a "good time to reach you."

"We're getting all kinds of calls from people wanting to apply for a job that doesn't exist," Lutes told The Brazil Times.

Brazil Times' General Manager Lynne Llewellyn said the person who called in the advertisement said they were a representative from Brazil Family Medicine.

"We didn't have any reason to question it," Llewellyn said. "We took it for granted, but we're going to do a better job of checking information and confirming (the advertiser)."

The advertisement has since been pulled from both newspapers and Llewellyn said Hoosier State Press Association will be notified regarding the incident in order to warn other newspapers.

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You should never have to PAY to be considered for a job. Anytime they ask for money (or to cash a money order in the overseas scams) .. it's a SCAM! Notify the proper authorities.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, May 15, 2008, at 10:00 AM

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