Scammers are posting fake job listings and stealing money from unsuspecting applicants who want to make money quickly. warning Recently.
While this type of fake opportunity is not new, bad actors have become more creative and deceptive over time. They even take advantage of the changing nature of work. As more Americans become more comfortable working in the living room,Scammers are giving you more opportunities to make quick cash at home.
“Now with companies asking individuals to return to work, this is another angle scammers use to get their attention.So that’s another way to lure someone by advertising telecommuting,” said John Dooney, an advisor to the Human Resources Management Association. “It’s definitely tempting.”
Fake jobs and money-making opportunities range from offers of home luxury goods to fake check scams to government jobs.
“If you are in the job market or looking for business opportunities, scammers are looking for you,” the FTC warned in a recent report. statement. “They want your money and your privacy.”
sales appointments at home
common butPeople claim to be able to sell luxuries at home and make quick cash.
In its 2020 Extensive Income Fraud Survey, the FTC found that consumers lost more than $610 million in four years.
The FTC has confirmed a company it has accused Moda Latina of targeting Spanish consumers with false promises of making “big profits” at home by reselling products such as famous brand perfumes.
“It turned out to be a lie. The people involved in it didn’t make any money,” he said. “Even if people got anything, it wasn’t a real luxury, and they failed to sell it back to make money,” he said. An FTC spokesperson told CBS MoneyWatch.
Do you get paid to shop? It’s not that fast.
Some scammers advertise jobs for “mystery shoppers,” who are secret buyers hired to sponsor businesses such as restaurants or retail stores. In the case of these aspirants, shoppers are said to be asked to spend their money, get a refund for all purchases, and are paid extra for their time and labor.
Legitimate businesses sometimes hire workers to provide feedback on goods or services they sell, but these companies do not require workers to pay upfront fees. According to the FTC, being asked to pay anything is information that the job offer is fraudulent.
“Don’t pay money to do a job, that’s a big red flag,” said Kati Daffan, FTC’s deputy director of marketing practice. “If someone tells you to work for you in any way, don’t do it, even if they tell you that the money is to secure a license or training or a job.”
Fake job listings are sometimes posted on job boards like Indeed.com. Indeed also warns job seekers not to offer any form of salary to potential employers they find on the site.
The company said in a statement to CBS MoneyWatch that “imposing a fee is not only a violation of Indeed’s rules for businesses, it is a form of fraud,” the company said. Also, don’t pay for training.
fake check scam
Another common trick is what the FTC calls “fake check scams.” The scammers say the scammers have been hired by the interviewee and their first job is to take a check and use it to buy or send a gift card. money somewhere.
At first, the funds appear legitimate and appear in your account, but the bank will eventually determine that the check is fraudulent and you will be in trouble.
“Banks need to put deposits into their accounts within a certain amount of time, but it takes longer to determine if a check is a fake,” said FTC’s Daffan.
How not to become a victim
- Perform a quick search. Whenever you have an attractive opportunity, simply do a simple search online for companies or people advertising their work, including the words “fraud,” “review,” or “complaint.” If the legal entity is not legal, other victims may have already made a public complaint.
- Don’t pay to work. A legitimate employer does not require a deposit, payment of any kind, or purchases to perform a job. They pay you. Not vice versa. Also, don’t transfer money as part of a mystery shopping challenge.
- Don’t pressure them to accept the offer. Be suspicious of anyone putting pressure on you to immediately accept a job offer. Take the time to review the job postings, research the company or individual behind it, and talk to your trusted friends and family first.
- Beware of spelling errors. Look for typos and grammatical errors in job postings. Job postings can be a hint that this is a contrived scam.
- Finally, if you discover fraud, report it to the FTC. reportfraud.ftc.gov.