With the unemployment rate currently at 8.2%, millions of Americans have started using the Internet to search for any full-time, part-time, or temporary work they can find. Even though word-of-mouth and social networks can play a big role in helping you learn about a potential employment opportunity, scammers are also using these to lure people into work from home and other employment scams.
The USA.Gov website did a great job of listing the top employment scams that are currently out there. Make sure you look over them and keep them in mind during your next online job search. Lastly, don’t forget the old saying – “If it looks too good to be true. It probably is!”
- BBB Warns Against Twitter Money-Making Schemes
Through Tweets, e-mail and web sites, job hunters are being told that they can make lots of money from the comfort of home using Twitter and Better Business Bureau warns that the large print for such offers may promise big returns but the fine print can cost them every month.
- BBB Warns Job Hunters to Steer Clear of Rebate Processing Job Scams
Better Business Bureau is warning job hunters to beware of opportunities to work from home processing rebates. While the job offer may claim that people can earn up to a thousand dollars a day without leaving the comfort of their home, BBB has received hundreds of complaints from victims nationwide who never earned a dime and were, in fact, ripped off for hundreds of dollars in upfront fees.
- BBB Warns of Craigslist Job Scam
A bogus employment opportunity scam has surfaced on Craigslist claiming to offer a job with the Better Business Bureau. Scammers are posting fake advertisements for employment opportunities for a Data Entry Clerk at Better Business Bureau in regions across North America.
- Don’t Get Taken by a Modeling Scam
- Enigma for Consumers: What Mystery Shopping Jobs?
An operation that told consumers they could be hired as mystery shoppers and earn a substantial income, and the telemarketing firm working for them, are facing Federal Trade Commission charges that their claims about job availability and income potential were deceptive.
- How I Got Taken by a Work-at-Home Scam
Work-at-home-scams are on the rise, consumer watchdog groups say. Scammers are busier than ever because tough economic times are making people more desperate to make money.
- Post Office Job Offers from Classified Ads Bogus
The Federal Trade Commission has charged an employment-opportunity scammer and his companies with marketing a fraudulent U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employment program. Through advertisements and telephone pitches, the defendants misrepresented that they were connected with or endorsed by USPS; that postal jobs were available; that customers would receive study materials that would help them pass the postal entrance exam; and that customers who pass that exam were assured jobs with USPS. In reality, none of these claims are true.
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