So I am in the process of applying for Finance internships. Sounds like fun right? Not so much. I attempted to used this website called Internships.com and after sending about twenty resumes to a variety of employers, I came to realize that this website is completely fake and full of scammers. I think the owners of Internships.com actually do not check who posts on their website and so the users get bombarded with a bunch of scammers trying to get your personal information and attempting to have you deposit some fake check into your account, just to have it rejected by your bank and later you having to pay those crazy fees.
I myself almost became a victim of such a scam. It is called the Google Hangouts scam most commonly. Basically what happens is that after you forward your resume to some supposedly legitimate company through Internships.com, the next morning you get this odd text message claiming that they are a recruiter from that so called legitimate company telling you to send them your Google Hangouts email and to logon to Google Hangouts to be interviewed.
Firstly, this is weird because legitimate companies tend to call you directly or contact you by email and leave their contact details so that you know who you are dealing with. Now, in this case I did actually get interviewed through Google Hangouts by someone named Alan Muirhead. This person claimed to be a recruiter from AIG and was supposedly interviewing me for a home based accounting internship position. After the initial interview, this person told me to log back into Google Hangouts the next morning at 9am to finish the interview process. However, before I logged back in, I actually did my research on this recruiter and could not find any information confirming that he was actually working for AIG. No LinkedIn profile..nothing. I just found that he was some person on GooglePlus living in Scotland. So this alarmed me. Also, I read about the Google Hangouts scam online and realized that it was not a good idea to provide any personal information to this person.
It is sad, because I was actually really excited for this internship opportunity and was disappointed to find that it was a scam all along. I did confront this recruiter when I logged back in at 9am the next morning. I asked to send me an email from his actual work email address and provide his contact details. The recruiter said that that company policy was to keep his identity secret until I was hired. At that point I told him that I knew he was scamming me and he logged out of the chat.