Students be Wary of Job Scams

April 02, 2015

Vancouver, BC – Thousands of post-secondary students in B.C. will start looking for summer jobs soon. However there are plenty of job scams ready to take their money and personal information. Scammers will prey on anybody and the leaders of tomorrow are no exception.

“Many students work part-time jobs throughout the year, however many more rely on the summer months to earn tuition or rent for the coming semester,” says Evan Kelly, Senior Communications Advisor for BBB BC. “Scammers know they may be desperate to find income and create fake opportunities that are too good to be true.”

Here are some potential employment scams to be aware of:

  • Up-front fees for a job: The scammers ask for a fee and personal banking information claiming admin fees and direct deposit requirements.
  • The “personal” invitation: You received an unsolicited email from someone who claims to have found your resume online and it matches their job requirements. Likely a ruse to get personal information out of you.
  • The ID verification: A job prospect sends an email asking for your driver’s licence, passport or other forms of ID to verify your identity. Real job offers won’t likely require this information much less ask for it online.
  • Overseas job opportunities: High-paid jobs abroad that require little or no experience are too good to be true. Don’t fall for it.
  • High-paying work from home jobs: They sound nice and take out the commute but you’ll likely be on the hook for supplies and offered little pay.
  • Mystery shopper:  Though there are legitimate mystery shopping companies, there are many bogus entities that send consumers counterfeit checks, asking them to cash them, spend money at various stores and then wire back funds.

Here's how to spot the red flags:

  • Promises of huge salaries with minimal effort.  This could be a sign of a "work at home" or pyramid scheme. Remember, if everyone could make good money working from home, everyone would do it. And pyramid schemes are illegal and not sustainable over time.
  • Google the company. This gives you a better idea of what the company does, what they are about and how to contact them. Be wary of companies with no online "footprints."
  • Visit the company's website or LinkedIn page. Doing this can help you find where the company is located, how they hire job seekers, what people have to say about the business, what the office culture is like, their business practices, accomplishments and other information which may prove useful in a job interview.
  • Be leery of postings with grammar or spelling errors. Such errors are often a sign the job isn't legitimate.
  • Personal financial information is required. Never give out your financial information such as your credit card number, bank account number, Social Insurance Number, etc. to someone you don't know - especially if it's online.



Media Contacts:

Evan Kelly, Senior Communications Advisor BBB Serving Mainland BC                                                                                                             604-488-8702                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          404-788 Beatty Street                                                                                                                                                                                           Vancouver, BC                                                                                                                                                                                                                 V6B 2M1

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