The BBB has seen a rise in consumers falling victim to online jobs scams.
Posting your resume or searching for a job online may increase your chances of being contacted. One ad on Facebook promotes allowing a car wrap with "Full Throttle Energy Drink” or “Rock Star” ads. The BBB shopped this ad, right away a check was mailed us to be cashed, retain agreed salary and wire the bulk of the money back to pay for the car wrap materials.
A local resident came into the office with a $3800 check for mystery shopping. He was to wire transfer $1900 back by Western Union and keep the other half.
In both of these cases the check received was counterfeit. You would have to pay the bank back the value of the check.
Be on the lookout for red flags when searching for a job online.
- Emails purporting to be from job posting websites claiming there's a problem with a job hunter's account.
- An employer asks for extensive personal information such as social security or bank account numbers
- An employer asks for money upfront
- The job requires the employee to wire money through Western Union or MoneyGram
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As always, if you have any questions or concerns contact the BBB at (256) 850-0719.