It should come as no surprise that one of our highest priorities at The Billy Shop Group is keeping your personal information secure and confidential. To that end, we would like to share some of the most common types of internet scams and suggestions on how you can be aware of and help protect yourself against identity theft.

Fictitious Job Offer Emails Alert

Email campaigns offering fictitious job offers are a reality. The emails can be quite authentic looking. They often purport to have been sent directly from one of our executives or from our human resources department. Enclosures, such as company information sheets and detailed questionnaires, may display The Billy Shop Group logo or the logo of one of our divisions . The emails may include a request for payment of a processing fee of several hundred dollars, and/or they may offer reimbursement for certain job-application or relocation expenses.

These emails are fraudulent. The Billy Shop Group does not extend job offers via email to individuals with whom it has had no prior contact. We do not ask prospective employees to pay a fee to be considered for a position or to receive a job offer. We do not authorize recruiters or agents to do any of these things on our behalf. Fraudulent job offers are an unfortunate possibility. Please be aware, as we will not honor them in any way.

You should not respond to any of these job offers by revealing personal information, nor should you send any funds in response to them.

Phishing and Spoofing Alert

This is when a criminal sends you a phony message or a website link that appears to be from a legitimate business. They will directly request that you provide personal financial information, such as:

  • Name and address
  • Social Security numbers
  • Credit card numbers/bank account numbers
  • PIN numbers/passwords

Pop-Up Advertisements Alert

Some advertisements "pop up" in a separate browser window advising that you have won a contest or request that you participate in a survey to collect a prize. They may then ask that you provide personal information in order to receive your gift. By clicking on the link it is possible that you are also downloading viruses designed to capture or destroy information on your computer.

Check Scam Alert

A similar but low-tech scam circulates occasionally, in the form of a check, purportedly from The Billy Shop Group or one of our divisions, and instructions to deposit it right away, usually in order to receive the balance of a larger sum you have "won" or that has otherwise come to you unexpectedly. You will be instructed to immediately send a payment, in the form of a second personal check, wire transfer, or similar, to some third party to cover taxes, processing fees, administrative costs, or some similarly vague expense. The check you receive in the mail likely would look quite authentic and probably would have our Billy Shop Group trademark on it. Do not deposit the check or follow the instructions you receive with it. The check you deposit will bounce; the check you write or funds you wire will clear, before you know about the bounce, and certainly before you can stop payment on your own check.