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Second scam of Christmas: Fake Jobs

Posted at 11:44 AM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 12:44:56-05

It's day two in our "12 Scams of Christmas" and today we want to make your aware of the 2nd Scam of Christmas, job scams.

Retailers like Target, UPS, and Amazon are still hiring temporary workers this holiday season.

These are real jobs, that for some, can turn into full-time employment.

But you should be skeptical of "Fake Job Ads," if the person offers to hire you on the spot without an interview.

If they say you need to buy something first, like office supplies, or pay an upfront fee of some kind.

Some scammers may send you a check before you've done any work, or they're phishing for information.

President & CEO of BBB Serving Greater Maryland Angie Barnett says, "Before we can hire you, we need you to verify your credit report. We need that information. So job scams are designed to collect personal information, and this is a tricky one because we are familiar with, if I'm going to get a job, I'm going to give my social security, I'm going to give my direct deposit information so you really want to be cautious that you've been hired by a real company."

Do research on the company, like, does it exist?

Search their address, phone number, company website.

Call someone in HR and verify that the company is currently hiring.

And we'll have scam three and four, Saturday and Sunday morning on 2 Works for You.

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