Better Business Bureau (BBB) Offers Tips to Avoid Job Scams in Holiday Season

Identity Theft, Fraud, and Job Scams

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) – a leader in advancing marketplace trust – is offering tips for avoiding job scams during the holiday season from scammers trying to take advantage of job seekers looking for work from retailers and shippers that hire seasonal workers to fulfill the demands of holiday shoppers.

While holiday season jobs are a great way to make extra money – sometimes with the possibility of turning into a long-term employment opportunity – the BBB offers the following tips to make seasonal job hunt successful and help job seekers watch out for job scams that just seem too good to be true.

  • Employers will never ask for payment upfront for a job. Beware of businesses that ask applicants to pay for job supplies, application, or training fees. These expenses are the responsibility of the employer… and a big red flag that something is wrong.
  • Be wary of job offers that don’t require an interview. Even during the peak hiring season, reputable companies prefer to talk to top job candidates before hiring them. If a job offer is presented without an interview (on the phone or in person) or is offered only via the internet, question the company’s hiring practices and do a little more digging.
  • Be wary of big money for small jobs. If an employer is promising outrageously good wages for what seems like simple tasks such as reshipping packages, stuffing envelopes, or answering phones, this is a red flag. These too-good-to-be-true offers are an attempt to steal your personal information from a fake job application, and can take a long time to recover from.
  • Never work for a company before they hire you. A legitimate company will not ask potential applicants to complete complex projects before making an official offer. Before beginning any work, request an offer letter or confirmation in writing of what the job entails, including an official start date and compensation details. 

The BBB warns job seekers to be aware of job scams at any time of the year which can include fake postings, fake recruiter emails, and work-at-home schemes. These job scams – which use real company names and can be convincing – may trick job seekers into giving personal information or money to scammers.

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