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Hilton job scam costs Vancouver woman $550

08/09/2013 07:57 EDT | Updated 10/09/2013 05:12 EDT
A Vancouver woman who fell for a job recruitment scam on the Internet is warning others to be careful after she was defrauded more than $500.

Suim Choi, 26, responded to a job posting for an assistant beverage manager position for the Hilton hotel chain in the U.K.

She was told to send money along with her application. After sending a $200 money order, she was told something went wrong and was asked to send credit card information instead. Choi says she was charged about $350 on the card.

"English is not my first language so I didn't know [what] is wrong in the contract, so I signed," said Choi, who arrived in B.C. just two months ago from South Korea.

"They stole my money but also they stolen my future, and time and dream."

Hilton Worldwide is aware of the scam and has published a warning on its website.

Choi has filed complaints with both the FBI and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, which has received one other complaint about this specific scam and hundreds of others involving fake job recruitment in general.

"This type of fraud is being done on an industrial scale, the scammers are prepared to deal with thousands of people worldwide every week," said Daniel Williams, spokesman for the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

Tatiana Chabeaux-Smith, spokeswoman for Consumer Protection B.C., says people should do their research and ask some key questions before submitting any personal information to job recruiters.

"Does the job ad seem to be offering you a lot of more money than you think it should be paid for? It comes down to the whole idea of if it's too good to be true, it probably is," she said.

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