Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving the Atlantic Provinces is alerting job-seekers about an employment scam hi-jacking the name of legitimate Canadian construction companies. Most consumers targeted by this work-from-home scam have been from the United States.
The scammers post work-from-home administrative assistance positions on an online job site. Applicants have reported losing thousands of dollars after the scammer instructed them to deposit fraudulent checks and then transfer funds to a different account. This type of fake check scam is commonly used in employment scams.
In 2016, consumers across North America reported more than 2,000 employment scams to BBB Scam Tracker. According to the BBB Risk Index, employment scams are the third riskiest scam to consumers. Learn more about these scams and how to avoid them at bbb.org/employmentscam.
If you’ve been exposed to an employment scam, or any other type of fraud, report it to BBB Scam Tracker at bbb.org/scamtracker to help warn others. Read more about this new employment scam at go.bbb.org/employmentwarning.