A year ago, I received an email claiming I applied for an Admin position, I disregarded it as spam but a few days later I received an envelope in mail from the same person with a postal money order and instructions to deposit it in my personal bank account. The note was adamant that I should not try to cash it and only deposit it and that I should send a certain amount to a western union account and to keep the balance for my salary. Looking at the money order I honestly could not tell it was fake. I took it to the post office and they confirmed my suspicions and confiscated the entire envelope. I wasn't looking for a job and not sure how this person got my info, but there are honest people out their who may have otherwise fell victim to this scams out of being in a desperate situation. We should always remember scammers are always one step ahead of us, that's their job.
Not too long ago, job hunters generally relied on newspaper ads to search for suitable positions. The relatively high cost of placing ads was enough to keep most scammers out of the employment pages — and prevented some legitimate employers from placing ads as well. Technology has changed all that.