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Job offer scams
Have you been searching for a job online?
Before you respond to an offer that seems too good too be true, watch out.
There are a number of scams targeting people looking for work.
How do you know if the offer is a scam?
• Watch out for offers that involve overseas activities, especially if they involved wiring money, or shipping packages.
• Be wary of e-mails that may look like they are coming from well known employment sites, but are actually fake.
Some of the tell tale signs include fuzzy graphics, odd extensions at the end of web or e-mail address, or requests to send private information like social security or banking numbers.
• Work at home offers that promise a lot of money for doing little to no work.
Be particularly careful if they ask you to send money to get started.
What if you are not sure if the offer is legitimate? How do you check things out?
Do not just trust the information that is contained in the e-mail or website.
Check out the business with the Better Business Bureau, government agencies that regulate businesses, or go to a website or other source that you know is legitimate to check things out.
If you suspect that the offer is a scam, what should you do?
Most importantly, do not click on any links or respond to the e-mail, not even to unsubscribe.
Not only could this put your computer as risk for viruses or malware, but you could also be setting yourself up to receive more spam and scam offers.
If you believe that the e-mail or website is a scam, report it to email@example.com and state and federal consumer agencies.