Job seekers in the St. Louis, Missouri area say they have been scammed by thieves claiming to represent a company performing biohazard cleanup work, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns. All victims claimed the thieves cut off communications after collecting the $89 fee job seekers paid for a supposed pre-employment criminal background check using prepaid cash cards. The full article is available at

The BBB urges job seekers to be “extremely skeptical of any business demanding upfront payments via prepaid cash cards or electronic wire transfer systems like Western Union or MoneyGram.” In the St. Louis cases, the victims were instructed to load $89 onto a Green Dot MoneyPak card to pay for a pre-employment criminal background check. After the thieves emptied the money from the card for the background check, they stopped communications. The BBB also offers the following tips to job seekers:

  • Beware of unfamiliar companies making contact through online job boards. Some of these so-called businesses may be set up to scam job seekers.
  • Be cautious about paying any fees upfront for pre-employment background checks or drug tests.
  • If at all possible, visit the company’s office to determine that they are located where they say they are.
  • Get references for the company and contact them.
  • Check for a BBB Business Review at or by calling 314-645-3300.

The background check scam in the St. Louis area is a good reason why pre-employment background checks should be performed by professional and accredited background screening firms. Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’ – is a nationwide background screening provider accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). For more information, visit or call Toll Free 888.999.4474.


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Founded by safe hiring expert Attorney Les Rosen in 1997, Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’– provides accurate and actionable information that empowers employers to make informed hiring decisions for the benefit of their organizations, employees, and the public. CEO Rosen literally wrote the book on background checks with “The Safe Hiring Manual” and ESR is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), a distinction held by a small percent of screening firms. Employers choosing ESR know they have selected an agency meeting the highest industry standards. To learn more about ESR, visit or call toll free 888.999.4474.

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