Your BBB® has been getting many phone calls about these work at home scams. What the scammers do is: they send job seekers an email claiming to have found their resumes online and offering them a work from home job. Most of the times, the victim is asked to pay a training fee or purchase bogus equipment.
“The fraudsters can be very convincing. Some of them would use real company names and real addresses, so you have to be extra careful when accepting a job offer,” says BBB Director of Media Services Oana Schneider.
The Tri-State Better Business Bureau would also like to offer the following tips to help you spot a work from home scam:
- Do your research. Check with your BBB to find out more about the said company, and don’t hesitate to contact the company at a phone number you know to be correct.
- Do not pay any fees and don’t disclose any type of personal information (social security number, credit card information etc.)
- Don’t click on any links that the said employer provides. We recently had a case where the link lead to a so-called survey that asked the victim for her phone number, address, and full name. Later, she received a check in the mail for $1000 and was asked to cash it at the bank and wire back $800.
These fake checks may be part of a work at home scheme known as mystery shopping. The consumer receives a check, is then told to make purchases at a big box store, supposedly to complete a survey, then go to a wire transfer service, and wire the majority of the money back to the perpetrators of the fraud. The “employee” is left with a few hundred dollars to keep for themselves.They’re also supposed to provide feedback on their experience with the wire transfer service. Not only is this a fake check scam, but involves money laundering.
- Be very wary of businesses that don’t provide a real physical address and list an overseas phone number instead!
If you’ve been victimized by this scam, report it to bbb.org/scamtracker and contact your local authorities.
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