If It Seems Too Good To Be True...

August 01, 2017

Richmond, VA- Your local BBB has received several inquiries concerning employment offers that sounded too good to be true.

Employment scams, most notably work-from-home scams, prey on victims at a vulnerable time. If you’re recently unemployed or are looking for a second job to make ends meet and a “too good to be true” job offer comes out of the blue- take a step back before moving forward with contact.

“Scammers, hackers, and people that try to just steal are always on the prowl for the gullible and the innocent,” says President and CEO Barry N. Moore. “Don’t be one of the victims.”

BBB urges consumers to use tremendous caution with any employment offer that: promises high earnings, short work hours, and requires little or no experience. BBB also suggests asking yourself these questions before providing any personal information to a would-be employer:

  • Does the advertisement or job offer use poor grammar or have multiple misspellings?
  • Are you being asked for an upfront fee or to give direct access to your bank account?
  • Are you able to locate the employer’s office?
  • Does the job offer pay a regular salary, or is the billing overseas?


In most cases reported to BBB consumers were told a check for expenses would be sent to them or were asked for direct deposit access over the phone. Both situations open you up to a risk for identity theft.


Steps to take to avoid a scam trap:


  • Check out the BBB website to see if the business has a history of complaints.
  • Don’t give out personal information until you have verified that the business is legitimate.
  • Visit the office location before agreeing to employment.


Learn more about employment scams here  

If you’ve found an employment scam BBB encourages you to report this to BBB Scam Tracker . Scam Tracker tracks the type of scam, the name being used and the area the scam is impacting.

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About BBB: BBB serving Central Virginia serves Richmond, the Tri-Cities, Charlottesville, and Fredericksburg, as well as 42 surrounding counties from Fauquier to Mecklenburg and Northumberland to Amherst. The nonprofit organization was established in 1954 to advance responsible, honest, and ethical business practices and to promote customer confidence through self-regulation of business. Core services of BBB include business profiles, dispute resolution, truth-in advertising, consumer and business education, and charity review.