Con artists pose as employers or recruiters and offer enticing employment or career opportunities in order to commit identity or financial fraud against job seekers. Job seekers who fall for these scams spend time and money, but not the earnings they had hoped for.
Reported Problems: There are multiple types of job scams.
Work-at-Home Scam: Scammers advertise easy opportunities to work from home (online work, data entry, envelope stuffing, product assembly, medical processing and billing, etc.) for large sums of money. After paying for supplies, kits or materials, items never show. Some job opportunities don't pay as promised. In these situations, the alleged employer often can't be reached or refuses a refund.
Mystery/Secret Shopper Scam: Schemers promote lucrative mystery shopping or secret shopping jobs (where consumers are asked to test or evaluate products and services). Schemes trick job seekers into forwarding money to third party. The money turns out to be fake or stolen from another person or business. The job seeker has to pay all the money back to the rightful owner, including the money they thought they were sending to a third party-who turned out to be the scam artist.
Identity Theft: Fraudulent employers use job applications to collect personal details-such as Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, or credit card information-and bilk personal information from job hunters as part of an identity theft ploy.
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BBB Tips: If it seems too good to be true, it's probably a scam.
Report Scams: Job scam victims can file complaints with the:
1. Federal Trade Commission and receive more tips
2. State Attorney General's Office and other local consumer affairs agencies.
3. Internet Crime Complaint Center if the scheme was Internet or e-mail related.
4. Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org if there is an unresolved issue with a business you've made a purchase from.
5. State Department of Labor office.