As the warm spring weather moves in, the job market begins to heat up, too. However, BBB is warning people of scammers trying to trick job seekers looking for honest work. Scammers advertise fake jobs online, in newspapers, on TV and radio, alongside ads from real employers and job placement firms. A legitimate employer will never ask you to pay for the promise of a job, and if it sounds too good to be true, it’s likely a scam.
In observance of National Consumer Protection Week, here are a few red flags to help you determine if a job lead could be a scam:
- You have to pay to get the job. You’re guaranteed to be placed in a job, but first you have to pay a fee for training materials, supplies or certification with a company. Unfortunately after you pay, the job never materializes.
- You’re asked to share your banking or credit card information. Don’t give out this information to a company you are unfamiliar with as it can easily be used for identity theft.
- Advertised as a “previously undisclosed” federal government job. All federal positions are announced to the public and available for free on usajobs.gov.
- Advertised as a “high paying work from home” job. The ad often won’t disclose details that you have to work a lot of hours without pay, or you may be asked to spend money with promises of quickly earning it back—but likely won’t.
Spot a business or offer that sounds like a job scam? Report it to BBB Scam Tracker, an interactive online tool where people can find and warn others of scams happening near them.