Scammer sites can be just one letter off from real, legitimate companies
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we've been reporting on the improving jobs picture in the U.S. lately. The Labor Department reported that the economy gained 195,000 jobs in June, which beat economists' expectations. Still, that's only 47-percent of American adults working, which leaves many more looking for a job. Better Business Bureau's Dale Dixon says that's great news for scammers.
Dixon shares the following on avoiding the work-from-home scammers:
The popularity of work-at-home job opportunities is on the rise, especially during the summer months when many full time positions may slow down and allow for more free time. But as these positions continue to gain more attention, scammers are becoming more and more creative with attractive "get rich quick" schemes..
Double check the URL: You find an opening for your dream job, with a reputable company and it allows you to work from home - sound too good to be true? It probably is. Even though the URL may look legitimate, they can also be tricky. All too often you may be on what you think is a company's site, when in reality you are on a bogus page made to look identical to the real thing. So before you hand over any personal information or enter a bank account number "for your first paycheck," verify that what you're looking at is the real deal.
Be Wary of Names: As if checking to verify the legitimacy of a website wasn't enough, you also should verify the name of the business. Sound like overkill? The FTC just refunded nearly $2.3 million to users who purchased $4 "work at home" kits from who they thought was Google. In reality, scammers using the names "Google Treasure Chest" and "Google Pro" were simply conning innocent consumers out of their money and then racking up even
larger charges on their credit card accounts. Moral of the story: just because a business sounds like one that you know and recognize, does not mean it is one you should trust.
Don't Pay Up: You are looking for a job to make money - not spend it. Be extremely wary if a company promises you a job in exchange for payment. Any time your new employer asks you to fork over money for training, software or equipment, be careful. Also look out for businesses that ask for your bank account information prematurely (before you've worked any hours or are applying for direct deposit) to deposit money for a new laptop or conference into your account - it may very well be a scam.
Do Your Research: A quick search on Google, Bing or Yahoo can verify that the email address or URL you are working with is legitimate. You can also make sure that the business has an actual physical location and that you are able to get a hold of someone over the phone, not just email or an instant messaging service.