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Avoiding Online Job Scams


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The Tri-State BBB offers tips and links to help jobseekers avoid being taken by employment scams while searching for work online.

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Avoiding Online Job Scams

  1. 1. Beware ofBogus OnlineEmployment Postings! Tri-State Better Business Bureau
  2. 2. Looking for Work?•The internet is a good resource for information, but there arerisks!•Job sites like,, andcommunity sites like Craig List are popular employmentsources for the public.•Jobseekers should know that typically job sites do notmonitor or review employment offers. These sites, and yourBBB, recommend keeping your social security number andfinancial information safe!
  3. 3. “Too Good to Be True”If a job ad sounds too good to be true, then it usually is! Youprobably won’t be paid a high salary for doing little work.For example. work-at-home opportunities are popular on job sitesand typically require you to provide a product or service from yourhome. Although legitimate offers exist, common schemes includestuffing envelopes, assembling products, medical billing, sellingadvertising on the internet, and data entry.Unfortunately, opportunities to work abroad are not offered toinexperienced jobseekers. Watch for a promise ofemployment, unlisted post office boxes of phone numbers, andguarantees.
  4. 4. What is Real or Fake?COMMON RED FLAGSDon’t pay an “employer” to do work. Reliable companies do notask for money up front.Be careful if a business won’t disclose who they are or wherethey’re located. If you can’t verify this information and follow up bychecking them out with your BBB, consider looking elsewhere.Genuine employment offers don’t require you to send personalinformation via email. Resist the urge to respond to a request to“verify your identity”.
  5. 5. Paying to ApplySome employment listing services and “consultants” write ads tosound like there are jobs available, when in fact they’re really onlyselling information. EXAMPLE You may have seen post office job listings in the newspaper instructing you to pay for an employment exam or promising high test scores for a fee. But jobseekers can contact the post office directly to learn about opportunities. Learn more at
  6. 6. Personal InvitationsSCENARIO A scammer sends mass e-mails to long lists of recipients. The e-mail claims to be a response to job application or it claims to have seen your resume on the Internet, noting that your skills match the requirements for their job. You are invited to complete an online job application.PROCEED WITH CAUTION!Did you apply for a job with this company? Did you send a resumeto this recruiter? Check it out the business with your BBB!
  7. 7. Protect Yourself1. Research any company for which you are considering working for. Ask for business name, address, and phone number.2. Don’t give out any personal information until you have checked the company out.3. Don’t pay for a promise.4. Check the business out first with your BBB!
  8. 8. Watch out for…1. Companies that ask for personal information without disclosing who they are;2. The request for an upfront fee;3. claims of high earnings with no experience4. the promise of something for nothing5. or instructions to visit another site (link provided by them) to check your credit score or run a background check.
  9. 9. HELPFUL LINKSTri-State Better Business Bureau Federal Trade Commission Avoiding Job Scams (PRC) NCL’s Internet Fraud Watch TRI-STATE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU 5401 VOGEL RD., SUITE 410 EVANSVILLE, IN 47715 P 812-473-0202 F 812-473-3080 WWW.EVANSVILLE.BBB.ORG INFO@EVANSVILLE.BBB.ORG