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of employment scams
. ratemeansthatalotofpeople conveniently at home. good to be true, it probably is. an interested employer. In the phone or e-mail and only
As the Wlemployment rate are desperate fot work and Job hunters should use Phony employers might brag order to be considered for the afterthey'veconfirmedthejob
hovers aroWld 10 percent, the may be grasping for any job extreme caution when consid- about exceptionally high job, the applicant has to check is legitimate.
BetterBusiru:;ssB!1fe3.l!9iMis- which creates a great oppor- eringawork-at-homeofferand salary potential and excellent hisorhercreditreportthrough • The job requires you to
sissippi warns that sCammers tunity for scammers," said always research the company benefits for little work and no a recommended website. wire money through Western
are taking advantage of the Bill Moak, president of the with their BBB first at experience necessary in order The truth is, the e-mail is Union or MoneyGram or
opportunity by preying on the BBB serving Mississippi. to lure unsuspecting job just an attempt to get the job receiveandforwardsuspicious
Wlemployed. "Not thoroughly researching· ,. The employer asks for hWltersintotheirScam. hunter to divulge sensitive goods.
Identify:ingthe common red a job opportunity can make a moneyupfront. • Employer e-mails are rife financial information or sign Many phony jobs require
flags of a scam is one way for bad situation even worse and It is rarely advisable for an with grammatical and spelling up for credit monitoring serv- the employee to cash a check
job hunters to protect them- a victim can lose hWldreds or applicanttopayupfrontfeesor errors. ices. sent by the company through
selves and their wallet. even thousands of dollars to make a required purchase to 0nJine fraud is often perpe- • The employer is quick to the mail and then wire a por- i
According to the Labor any number of job-related get ajob. BBB often hears from trated by scammers located ask for personal information tion of the money on to anoth-
Department, new jobless scams." job hWlters who paid a phony outside the U.S. Their first lan- suchasSocialSecurityorbank erentity.
claims in mid-August BBB recommends looking employer for supposedly guageusuallyisn'tEnglishand accoWltnumbers. Reasons given for this
pectedly jumped to 500,()()(), outforthefollowingsevenred requiredbackgroWld checks or this is often evident in their Somejob seekers have been requirementvaryfromscamto
an increase of 12,000 over the flags when searching for ajob: training for jobs that didn't poor grasp of the language surprised to learn they've got- Whatever the reason
previous week. • The employer offers the. exist. which can include poor gram- tenajobwithouthavingtodoa though, the check might clear
Not only didjobless claims opportunity to become rich· Always research the job mar and the misspelling of single interview. However, the employee's bank accoWlt
rise suddenly, but the length of without leaving home. thoroughly before opening up common words. when the employer then asked but will.eventually turn out to
unemployment is bleak for While many legitimate busi- your wallet, and beware of job • The employer requires for personal information in be a fake and the employee is
many. According to a July nesses allow employees to placement companies that asj,{ you to check your credit order to fill out the necessary out the money he or she wired
report from the Bureau of work from home, there are also forlargeupfrontfees. report. paperwork, suspicions were back to the scammers.
LaborStatistics,nearly45per-alotofscammerstryingtotake • The salary and benefits After posting their resumes raised-andrightlyso. BBB also warns against
cent of unemployed Ameri- advantage of senior citizens, offered seem too good to be online or responding to online Regardless of the reason, a receiving and mailing suspi-:
cans had been out of work for stay-at-home moms, students true. job listings, many job hWlters job applicant should never give cious goods - such as elec-.
morethan6months. and injured or handicapped Theadageholdstrueforjob received what they thought out his or her Social Security tronics or luxury items I
"The dismal employment people looking to make money offers: if the deal SOWlds too was good news: an e-mail from or bank acCOWlt numbers over overseas. .