BBB Warns of Summer Job Scams

June 02, 2017

Finding a summer job is always a top priority for college and high school students. BBB is warning consumers of seasonal job scams, which can lead to identity theft. Signs of these scams include fake postings that require little effort for the job or claim to be high paying. By falling for these scams, students can waste time, lose money, as well as be victims of identity theft.

"We have received several calls this week from Mississippians inquiring about companies targeting recent graduates and college students offering high pay and flexible hours, a great posting can seem promising, but it can also lead to trouble," says John O’Hara, CEO Better Business Bureau serving Mississippi. "It's important to do your research on the company and ask questions before you’re scammed."

BBB offers summer job hunters these issues to look out for:

  • No interview of application. If you are offered a job without a formal interview of job application, it's most likely a scam. Do not provide any personal or financial information, as it can lead to identity theft.
  • No job details. If the employer does not provide you with the details of the job in writing, by wary. When you have details in writing, be sure to read them carefully and ask questions.
  • No website or contact information. If the employer does not have a website or contact information is missing, consider that a red flag.
  • Fees required. If the employer requires fees for training, background checks or drug tests, it is likely to be a scam. These costs are normally the responsibility of the employer.
  • Too good to be true. If an employer offers you a lot of money for simple work or to work at home, it is most likely too good to be true.


Job hunters should always do an Internet search of the business for both positive and negative comments and then follow-up with the employer. Check the potential employer's BBB Business Review to see if the employer has a good rating.