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Looking for a Summer Job? Watch Out for Schemes

Looking for a Summer Job? Watch Out for Schemes - The Beacon


By: Amanda

Looking for a Summer Job? Watch Out for Schemes

School is out for most, and with the passing of Memorial Day, summer has officially started. For those seeking a job this summer, your BBB® offers the following potential signs of an employment scheme.

No interview or application. Be careful if you are offered a job without a formal interview or job application. It might be a scheme attempting to steal your personal information.

No job details. If the employer does not provide you with the details of the job or the details of the job are very generic, be wary. Be sure to ask questions so that you can understand the nature of the position and what you would be expected to do.

Lack of contact information. If the advertisement for employment does not have contact information or the contact information is missing from a potential employer’s website, consider that a red flag. Missing contact information could make it difficult to determine who exactly is offering employment which could also mean you don’t know who you may be giving your personal information to.

Required fees. If the employer requires fees for training, background checks or drug tests, it could be a scheme. There are valid employment offers that require the employee to purchase supplies, but be careful of a company that seems more interested in charging you a fee to work for them over selling a product or service.

Be cautious of unbelievable claims. If an employer offers you a lot of money for simple work or to work at home, it is, most likely, a scheme.

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

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Amanda is the Director of Bureau Affairs and is a regular contributor to the consumer education blog. She is one of our go-to colleagues for answering complex consumer inquires. Amanda also manages our charity reporting program.