Scammers are targeting college students with fake jobs. They blast solicitations to college email accounts promising positions with flexible hours and good pay. If you are in college or know a student, be sure to watch out for these phony job offers.
How the Scam Works:
You receive a message to your college email account. It is encouraging you to apply for a job, and the position sounds great for students. One scam message read: "The position offers flexibility that allows you to choose your hours during the day to avoid conflicts between classes or other business."
Don't bother sending your resume, though. It's a scam. If you reply to the email, the con artists will offer you the position. (First, they may do a short interview over email or an online chat.) Then, they will send a check for your first "assignment." You will be instructed to keep a portion of the money and send the rest to other scam agents. Unfortunately, the check is fake, and you will responsible for any money withdrawn against it.
Job scams often use the names of legitimate businesses. But in this recent wave, targets reported being contacted by fake companies as well. However, in one instance, only the job position was provided: administrative assistant.
How to Spot an Employment Scam:
For More Information
Read more about the recent spate of job scams in this alert issued by the BBB Serving Greater Cleveland.
To find out more about other scamsor to report a scam, go to BBB Scam Tracker.