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  • Watch Out for BBB's New Riskiest Scam

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    March 13, 2019
    Watch Out for BBB's New Riskiest Scam
    Employment scams were the riskiest con of 2018, according to the latest report that topped the list for both men and women, three of BBB's six age brackets, and for both students and veterans, according to data from the BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report (BBB.org/RiskReport).

    How the Scam Works:

    In 2018, job scams often impersonated Amazon. The reason why? Amazon was frequently in the news with its high-profile search for a second headquarters. In 2017, only 24 BBB Scam Tracker reports were employment scams that mentioned Amazon. In 2018, that jumped to 564.

    Amazon scams and other employment cons typically follow the same patterns. Scammers contact victims by finding resumes posted online, posting phony job listings, or cold emailing targets. In most versions, the target starts corresponding with the "business" about a job opening. The pay is good, you can start immediately, and they don't even require an in-person interview! The catch of course is that job doesn't really exist. The scammer may ask you to pay upfront for training or a background check. In other versions, the con artist asks you to deposit a (fake) check and wire back part of the money. They may even get your bank account number to "direct deposit" your paycheck.

    How to Spot a Job Scam:
    • Be very cautious of any job that asks you to share personal information or pay money. Scammers will often use the guise of running a credit check, setting up direct deposit, or paying for training.
    • If a job looks suspicious, search for it online. Google the title and company name. If the result comes up in many other cities with the exact same post, it may be a scam.
    • Check out the business' website. Scammers often falsely use the names of real businesses. Check on the business's site or give them a call to confirm the position exists. 
    For More Information

    Check out BBB.org/RiskReport to learn more about the top scams of 2018 and BBB.org/EmploymentScam to learn more about spotting job scams.

    To learn more about scams in general, go to BBB.org/ScamTipsIf you've been targeted by this scam or another, help others avoid the same problem by reporting your experience on the BBB.org/ScamTracker
    This is the last week for nominations for this years' program. Brochures with applications can be downloaded and completed online at bbb.org/nwfl/torchaward. Entries for all award categories must be postmarked or delivered to the BBB office by 2 p.m, on March 15, 2019.
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    Tammy Ward, Communications Director
    (850) 429-0002