Finding employment this summer is a top priority for most college and high school students. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning consumers about seasonal job scams that can result in a loss of money, be a huge waste of time or even lead to identity theft. Tell-tale signs of these scams are often fake postings that offer unusually high pay or require little to no effort.
“Competition for available jobs is great and many young people will jump at the first “promising,” opportunity and that can lead them into trouble,” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “One key is to clearly know who you are dealing with and that’s done by taking appropriate measures to avoid being scammed.”
The BBB offers these tips when job hunting this summer:
The BBB is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. It is supported by businesses to protect consumers against scams and other unethical business practices. The group accomplishes this by educating both consumers and businesses, and by highlighting trustworthy businesses. By developing reports and ratings on businesses and charitable organizations, the BBB encourages people to use these as resources and referrals to utilize the free services before making a purchase or donation. The BBB helps resolve buyer/seller complaints through its alternative dispute resolution process. In 2013, the BBB provided more than 22,600,000 instances of service. Over 80 percent of consumer complaints to the BBB were resolved. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois is a member of the international BBB system that services the United States, Canada and Mexico.