You spot a Help Wanted ad online or receive an email or a text message from an “employer” asking you to apply for a position. You apply and get a quick response from the “hiring manager.” In recent versions of this scam, many victims report doing a phony interview through Google Hangouts or another video chat service. After you are “hired,” the company may charge you upfront for “training.” You may need to provide your personal and banking information to run a credit check or set up direct deposit. You may be “accidentally” overpaid with a fake check and asked to deposit the check and wire back the difference.
This scenario is one of the latest ways scammers have tried to victimize the American public during the pandemic. With unemployment still at a high point, many are finding these scams harder to recognize as nefarious.
Lisa Schiller Director of Investigations and Media Relations at the Better Business Bureau Serving Wisconsin is here today to help you spot the signs of an employment scam and explain why a BBB Accreditation is a great way to make sure you're safe.
For more information on employment scams visit www.bbb.org
If you contact the BBB and mention hearing about this on the Morning Blend, they will offer $100 your first year’s accreditation dues! Go to bbb.org/get-accredited and apply for accreditation or call (414) 847-6000 and speak to a BBB representative to learn more about accreditation for your busines