BBB Warning Public of Ongoing Work-from-home Employment Scam
Better Business Bureau Serving the Atlantic Provinces is warning the public of an employment scam after receiving complaints from across North America. Two legitimate construction companies in Nova Scotia, Canada (Partners Construction and Brooks Levy Construction, Ltd.) have had their names hijacked by scammers advertising work-from-home administration assistant positions through Indeed.com. A third company name, Nova Scotia Construction, Ltd., has also been used.
One victim’s son, reporting the scam recently, claims his mother has lost $4,500, depositing fraudulent checks and transferring funds to a different account. Most of the job-seekers have been located outside of Atlantic Canada, most from the United States. Neither company is currently looking for new employees. The companies have received well over 1,000 inquiries to their BBB Business Profiles, suggesting that the job postings are wide-spread. BBB has an alert on each of the Business Profiles explaining that their names are being used maliciously.
“The owners of these companies have been taken completely off-guard,” says Peter Moorhouse, president and CEO of BBB Serving the Atlantic Provinces. “They’ve done nothing wrong, but are regretful that their business names are being used to perpetrate this scam.”
BBB is encouraging anyone applying for a job via an online posting to use caution, and to be wary of warning signs that it could be an employment scam. For further information, please go to bbb.org/employmentscam. Anyone who has applied for a position under these company names is urged to report it BBB’s Scam Tracker.