Watch for Red Flags During Summer Job Search
Summer is a time when many students find themselves searching for temporary work. This makes them prime targets for scam artists looking to rip job seekers off by luring them with potential employment and earnings. BBB is warning students looking for work this summer to be on the lookout for common job scams.
“Many students seeking summer jobs may be tempted to apply for jobs which require limited work experience for high salaries”, said Mechele Agbayani Mills, President and CEO of BBB Serving Central East Texas. “In reality, these offers may be nothing more than an attempt to clear out bank accounts or compromise identities.”
BBB offers the following clues that the “employment opportunity” could be fraudulent:
1. Big bucks for simple tasks. Watch out if they promise to pay you a lot of money for jobs that don’t seem to require much effort or skill. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
2. Job offers out of nowhere from strangers. If they offer you a job without getting an application from you, meeting you, or doing an interview, it’s probably a scam. Never provide personal information if you did not initiate contact. This could lead to identity theft.
3. Be suspicious if they ask for money upfront. Before you agree to pay for your own training, background check, or drug check, do your homework. Most legitimate companies pay for this as the cost of doing business.
4. Never wire money. If you wire money or add funds to a Green Dot Money Card or Vanilla Card, it’s gone forever. While these are convenient and perfectly legitimate services, Scam artists often use these methods because they know you won’t be able to get your money back.
5. High Pressure Tactics. Don’t be in a hurry to accept an unsolicited offer of work, or to make a business investment, particularly if the other party is asking you to spend your money on the deal. Take your time and check it out. If somebody tries to convince you that this is a “limited time” offer and you have to act now, think twice. High pressure is a common sign that something’s wrong.
6. Refusal to give you full details in writing. Ask for complete information in writing. Look carefully at any documentation they might provide to make sure it answer allyour questions. If they won’t give details, or don’t respond to questions, don’t do business with them.
7. Contact information is missing or doesn’t make sense. Be very cautious if a company is trying to get you to accept a job, but seems to lack any established physical location with a real street address. A cell phone number and website address are not enough contact information to verify a company’s legitimacy.
9. It has a bad rating with the BBB! Whether on the consumer or employment side of doing business, always check the company’s report by going to bbb.org.
For more information on how to be a savvy consumer, go to bbb.org. To report fraudulent activity or unscrupulous business practices, call the BBB Hotline: (903) 581-8373.