Students across North Carolina are getting out of school for the summer and many are looking to land a summer job. Unfortunately, scammers use the lure of employment and potential earnings to try to rip off eager job seekers.
There are many ways to tell a phony job offer from a legitimate opportunity:
· Be skeptical of high earnings claims. Jobs that promise big money for simple tasks or say you’ll earn thousands of dollars a week by working from home are usually too good to be true.
· Don’t agree to wire or ship money. Steer clear of job opportunities that promise you’ll earn a commission by working as a mystery or secret shopper, transferring money through your account, cashing checks, or repackaging and shipping merchandise.
· Be suspicious if you’re asked for money upfront. Don’t agree to pay to get a job or to apply for one. If you’re asked to pay for training or education, check it out thoroughly.
· Check out the company thoroughly including online, with your local Better Business Bureau, and by calling our office at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM. Ask for a physical address and verify it. Simply having a presence online doesn’t make a company legitimate.
· Guard your personal information. Don’t provide your Social Security Number or other personal financial information to a potential employer unless you’ve checked out the company thoroughly and know the job is legitimate.
· Get it in writing. Walk away if a potential employer won’t give you details of the job in writing, including job duties, hours and what you’ll be paid.
This message brought to you on behalf of North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper.