Better Business Bureau (BBB) Offers Tips on Avoiding Holiday Season Job Scams

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Since retailers and shippers traditionally hire seasonal workers to fulfill the demands of holiday shoppers whether they are online or in person, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is offering job seekers some tips to make the seasonal job hunt more successful while “watching out for a job that just seems 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 holiday job scam tips are at www.bbb.org/article/tips/14438-bbb-tips-for-avoiding-job-scams-this-holiday-season. Job seekers may read more about how to avoid employment scams at www.bbb.org/article/tips/12261-bbb-tip-employment-scams. Consumers may visit the BBB Holiday Tips page at www.bbb.org/holiday-tips/.

The BBB reminds consumers to always report scammers.  Consumers who have been the target of a scam or suspect scam activity should warn others by reporting it to authorities and the BBB Scam Tracker. For reliable information, lists of BBB Accredited Businesses, and BBB Business Reviews, visit the BBB at www.bbb.org.

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