Job ad con not local

Madison Erhardt

UPDATE: Friday 5 p.m.

A West Kelowna businessman wants people to know his company – and its job listings – are legit.

The business owner, who didn't want to name his company for fear of it being associated with a scam that almost targeted a Kelowna man, said his local classified ads for pharmacy delivery drivers are indeed legitimate.

The local business serves four pharmacies and has posted job openings on Castanet.

"As far as I can tell, no one hacked into our gmail account and sent any messages," he said Friday.

A day earlier a local job seeker said he was almost reeled in by a suspicious chain of emails after he responded to an employment ad.

But the West Kelowna business owner reassured all his ads are for real.

"We've already hired to fill the position," he said.

He believes the man in the initial story likely applied for several jobs, perhaps through several websites, and either he was confusing the correspondence or his own email got hacked.

Once he did that, the person kept feeling him out to try and ascertain the best way to get banking info, etc.... I believe you will see that (email) is not coming from [email protected]

ORIGINAL: Thursday 8 p.m.

A Kelowna resident was on the lookout for a part-time job and came across a promising classified ad. Then, things took a turn for the worse. 

"I found a part-time job that looked interesting, so I applied. One of the first things she asked me was my age, which kind of surprised me. The more we got into it, the stranger it seemed," the man said. 

As a few days went by, the "hiring manager" kept raising the going rate per hour.

"It started pretty small and then it went up to $35 and then $45. Then they wanted me to have all this equipment, including a shredder. It just got really weird," the job seeker said. 

The man was sent a message that said: "Kindly download your bank app login and get back to me right away okay!"

"After seeing that message, I said this has gone way too far. I contacted Castanet right after to keep you aware." 

Castanet has taken down the ad and has sent the fraudulent information to the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre. 

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