New Work-from-Home Employment Scam On

People Across The Country Have Fallen for This Scheme
June 14, 2017

Scammers have hi-jacked the names of legitimate companies in Canada and are using those names to target job seekers in the United States with fake job offers.  BBB serving the Heart of Texas reported the scammers advertise work-from-home administrative assistant positions through, a popular online job site.  One man reported to BBB serving the Heart of Texas that his mother lost $4,500 after following the “employer’s” instructions to deposit fraudulent checks and transfer funds to a different account. This is a typical tactic used in employment scams and BBB Serving Central Indiana has received several reports in regards to this scam.

The two Canadian Companies, Partners Construction and Brooks Levy Construction, Ltd. – suddenly began receiving more than 1,000 inquiries on their BBB Business Profiles, suggesting the fake job postings are widespread. BBB also received phone calls and emails from across North America inquiring about the legitimacy of the companies and the posted jobs. Neither company is currently looking for new employees.  BBB posted an alert on each of the companies’ Business Profiles explaining that their names are being used maliciously.

BBB Scam Tracker has received more than 1,300 reports of various work-from-home employment scams. It is possible that scammers use the names of legitimate companies to avoid being detected as fraudulent. BBB is encouraging anyone applying for a job via an online posting to use caution and to be wary of warning signs of an employment scam.

Your BBB Serving Central Indiana offers the following tips on spotting Employment Scams:

  • Some positions are more likely to be scams. Always be wary of work-from-home or secret shopper positions, or any job with a generic title such as caregiver, administrative assistant, or customer service rep. Positions that don't require special training or licensing appeal to a wide range of applicants. Scammers know this and use these otherwise legitimate titles in their fake ads. If the job posting is for a well-known brand, check the real company's job page to see if the position is posted there. Look online; if the job comes up in other cities with the exact same post, it’s likely a scam.
  • Different procedures should raise your suspicion. Watch out for on-the-spot job offers. You may be an excellent candidate for the job but beware of offers made without an interview. A real company will want to talk to a candidate before hiring. Don't fall for an overpayment scam. No legitimate job would ever overpay an employee and ask for money to be wired elsewhere. This is a common trick used by scammers. And be cautious sharing personal information or any kind of pre-payment. Be careful if a company promises you great opportunities or big income as long as you pay for coaching, training, certifications or directories. 

  • Government agencies post all jobs publically and freely. The U.S. and Canadian federal governments and the U.S. Postal Service/Canada Postal Service never charge for information about jobs or applications for jobs. Be wary of any offer to give you special access or guarantee you a job for a fee – if you are paying for the promise of a job, it’s probably a scam.

  • Get all details and contracts in writing. A legitimate company will provide you with a complete contract for their services with cost, what you get, who pays (you or the employer), and what happens if you do not find a job.

Anyone who has applied for a position under fraudulent circumstances (whether or not they have lost money) is urged to report it to BBB Scam Tracker.

About BBB® Serving Central Indiana

ABOUT BBB: For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2015, people turned to BBB more than 172 million times for BBB Business Reviews on more than 5.3 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for the local, independent BBBs in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as home to its national and international programs on dispute resolution, advertising review, and industry self-regulation. BBB Serving Central Indiana was founded in 1916 and serves 46 counties in Central Indiana.