BBB warns new grads of job scams, urges caution when working with some companies

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The Better Business Bureau warns that job scams are on the rise, with scammers offering recent grads high paying, easy, fully remote, entry-level positions. Scammers will ask for personal information like bank accounts and social security numbers, claiming they need to set up direct deposit, file taxes or pay for training. In another version, you may be “accidentally” overpaid with a fake check and asked to send back the extra funds. Employment scams are the second riskiest scam, according the Better Business Bureau’s 2022 Scam Tracker Risk Report.
The BBB offers the following advice:
Be wary of offers that seem too good to be true & vague descriptions.
Research the company & job offer. Look for the listing on the company’s website and verify the person you are talking with works there.
Be wary of work-from-home offers, shipping/warehouse opportunities, and secret shopper positions. Our research found many fake job offers related to becoming a “warehouse redistribution coordinator” or similar jobs involving reshipping packages, which are often purchased with stolen credit cards.
On-the-spot job offers are a red flag. A legitimate company wants to make sure you are a good fit for the job and the company first.
Don’t fall for a fake check scam. Be wary if the “employer” asks you to deposit a check and transfer funds to another account for training or equipment or for any other reason. You should never cash a check for more than you are owed.


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