FRESNO, Calif. - While school may be out for summer, don’t expect to see students relaxing on the beach on some private island. Do expect to see them though; hunting for that perfect summer job to give them some extra cash and much needed work experience before the school year is back in session.
While a summer job is great for students, they’re just as great for businesses, as businesses count on those seasonal jobs to handle the summer rush. Scammers are well aware of this, and they’d love nothing more than to target students hoping to make some money during their vacation.
Better Business Bureau Serving Central California & Inland Empire Counties offers summer job seekers potential issues to look out for when finding seasonal work.
Some job types typically lure in scam victims more than others. Be leery of work-from-home, secret shopper, door-to-door sales or anything else with a generic title. Positions that don’t require special training or licensing appeal to a wide range of applicants. If you see the job posted online, look to see if the exact same posting for the job pops up in other cities, if it does, then know it’s more than likely a scam.
If a potential employer requires fees for training, materials, background or drug tests, it’s more than likely a scam. These costs normally fall on the shoulder of the employer, not the future employee. Also, if they ask you to wire transfer money for “work related” expenses it is definitely a scam.
High pay for little work
If a potential employer promises you a lot of money for simple part time work, work with no experience required, or to work from home, proceed with caution, as this is most likely too good to be true.
Offered a job with no application
If you posted your resume on an online job website and are offered a job out of the blue from someone you haven’t interviewed or communicated with, this is more than likely a scam.
Also, always remember to never give out your personal information, especially your social security number or banking information to a potential employer until you’ve done thorough research on them and proved them to be an honest company. Trusting a random offer could potentially lead to an identity thief having all your information in hand.
No job details
If the company doesn’t provide you with details of the job in writing, or is not responsive to any of your questions, then take that as a sign to move on to the next company.
No contact information
If the company’s website doesn’t have any contact information like an address and phone number, or just lists an email address as the point of contact, then take that as a big red flag. We wouldn’t recommend you do any business with a company you can’t get ahold of whether it be as a consumer, or a job seeker.
Before you say yes to a potential employer, look up the company with BBB. You can see if they’ve had any complaints, if they have an A+ rating and how long they’ve been in business.
If you fall victim to a summer work scam, or come across a potential scam, feel free to report it to BBB Scam Tracker and help get the word out to others.
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