Too Good To Be True? 5 Common Summer Time Job Scams

Have you found that incredible summer job? Make sure it's not a scam!
June 04, 2014

Choosing an employer is definitely not an easy task. Because of the changing environment scams are now something you need to consider when job hunting. These questionable jobs are often advertised online promising great benefits, flexible hours, and making them sound like the perfect opportunity for anyone looking to jump-start their career. “These fake postings are specifically targeting students as they are usually more open to take on such opportunities without considering the risks involved” said Timothy Caminos, Director of Communications and Public Relations at Hawaii’s Better Business Bureau® (BBB). “It Is very important to know how to recognize such scams as they could drastically hurt one’s wallet, reputation and education.”

Hawaii’s BBB cautions students on 5 common job scams.

1)   Identity theft

Fraudsters will target victims for identity theft by posting job openings under the name of trustworthy companies and will require sensitive information as part of their application process.

2)   Work at home scams

While not all work at home employment opportunities are a scam, there still is a great number of those that are, especially the ones which promise unrealistic benefits. Usually, the scam works by asking new employees to pay a registration fee and cover the expenses for training or materials needed for performing the job.

3)   Re-shipping scam

Unlike the other scams discussed, this one not only will cost you money but it may actually cost you your freedom as well. Positions such as “merchandise manager” are usually found within different job boards and consist of receiving, repacking and forwarding goods. However, those goods are likely purchased with stolen credit cards.

4)   Money laundering scam

Money laundering scams, often disguised as “payment processors” jobs target students, advertising a “quick and easy” way to make hundreds of dollars weekly. The job often requires receiving funds into your personal bank account and then transferring it to another while earning commission for each transaction. This is a common tactic that fraudsters use for laundering money, making it harder for the authorities to trace them.

5)   Check cashing scam

Advertised in many different ways, this scam will require individuals to receive checks, cash them and send the money off to a third party while keeping 10-15% as a commission. Unfortunately, those checks will bounce and the victim will be held responsible for the insufficient funds.

Tips on avoiding these job scams

  • Never send personal information over the phone or online;
  • Jobs that advertise getting rich quickly or guarantee a certain level of wealth are usually offers to avoid;
  • Money should never be sent for application fees, training or expensive materials needed for the job as employers should be providing you with the tools you need;
  • Using personal bank account for receiving and transferring funds is a red flag;
  • Checks should never be cashed when received from a stranger;
  • If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

Consumers can find trustworthy businesses by going online to, BBB Business and Consumer Reviews are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Established in 1945, Hawaii’s Better Business Bureau® (BBB) is the local authority on trust in the marketplace. Only businesses and charities that meet and adhere to BBB standards can receive BBB accreditation. Through the support of over 2,650 local accredited businesses, BBB is able to offer free services to the community including BBB business and charity reviews and educational resources on topics affecting marketplace trust. BBB also offers fair and timely dispute resolution programs for consumers and businesses. Resources are available online at