BBB warns of job scams and fake online listings
Looking for a job or internship can be tough and time-consuming. Unfortunately, scammers know this and advertise jobs where legitimate employers do—online, in a newspaper ad or via email. If you are on the hunt for a job, Better Business Bureau serving the Heart of Texas advises you to beware of job scams.
Job scams come in many forms. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), scammers will promote outdated or fake job openings, publish fake ad listing on an online classified site, and email opportunities to work from home or as a secret shopper. The scammer will usually charge upfront fees for services or training materials.
They will claim they can guarantee job placement after you pay; however, the promised job never materializes and the company does not return your calls. If you need to pay first to get the job or must provide your credit card or bank account number, that’s a red flag.
In Texas, more than 180 employment-related scams across the state have were reported to BBB Scam Tracker last year. In addition, Texans reported losing more than $35,000 to job scams. BBB has received more than 2,000 reports of job scams, totaling more than $760,000 in losses nationwide in 2016.
When looking for a job online, BBB recommends the following tips:
If you have been targeted by a job scam, you can file a complaint with the FTC and your local BBB. To find or report a scam, visit BBB Scam Tracker.