The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about a work-from-home employment scam that has targeted consumers nationwide by posing a legitimate Canadian company. According to BBB Serving the Atlantic Provinces, an investigation revealed that scammers have hi-jacked the names of legitimate companies in Nova Scotia, Canada. However, most of the job-seekers targeted by the scammers have been from the United States.
The scammers advertise work-from-home administrative assistant positions through Indeed.com, a popular online job site. One Texas man reported to BBB that his mother lost $4,500 after following the scammers instructions to deposit fraudulent checks and transfer funds to a different account.
BBB Serving Atlantic Provinces became aware to the fraud after two legitimate construction companies in Nova Scotia – Partners Construction, and Brooks Levy Construction, Ltd. – began receiving more than 1,000 inquiries on their BBB Business Profiles.
The BBB office also received phone calls and emails from across North America inquiring about the legitimacy of the companies and the posted jobs. Neither company is currently looking for new employees.
Anyone who has applied for a position under fraudulent circumstances can report it to BBB Scam Tracker at bbb.org/scamtracker.