Looking for a job? Beware of these work from home scams.
STATEN ISLAND, NY – If you’ve been offered a job to work from home and be your own boss, you could be the target of a work-from-home scam.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has allowed for more opportunities to work from home, but the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) said the situation has also opened more doors for scammers.
Some scammers post work-at-home jobs on online career websites asking job seekers to receive packages and send them to another address, sometimes in another country, the USPIS says. These packages often contain merchandise purchased with stolen credit cars or counterfeit money orders.
According to the USPIS, other scammers could make you stuff envelopes and make you part of a scam.
“Remember: Modern mailing techniques and equipment have virtually eliminated the need for home workers to perform legitimate mailing, addressing, and envelope mailing services. Additionally, your paycheck from one of these scams could also be counterfeit,” the USPIS said.
The best defense against these scams is to know about them. Here are some common red flags that could indicate a scam, according to the USPIS.
- Guaranteed jobs. Don’t let this slogan put you in a trap. Jobs are not guaranteed and often do not even exist.
- High paying positions that do not require special training. A lot of money ? Small job? Don’t believe it.
- Job offers on site. While a job offer on the spot without even an interview sounds too good to be true, think about it: would you hire someone without an interview?
Here’s what you can do to protect yourself from a scam when looking to work from home, according to the USPIS.
Ask the company directly
If someone offers you a job at a company and mentions it by name, check the company.
Legitimate businesses and websites will have business contact information, physical addresses, phone numbers, terms and conditions, and privacy policies. Contact that company’s human resources (HR) department directly to verify if the job offer is legitimate.
Receive all job offers in writing
If the company offering the job is legitimate, they should be able to provide you with all the details in writing.
Find out who is offering the job
Find out about any person or company offering to help you find a job with the Better Business Bureau, your state attorney general’s office, and your state’s Office of Consumer Affairs before you agree to let them help you.
Check for any unexpected compensation
Money Orders can be checked using the Money Order Verification System at 1-866-459-7822 to determine if a Money Order is valid (48 hours to 90 days from date of issue) . Business or bank checks can be validated by contacting the issuing bank.
Report a scam ASAP
The sooner you contact the authorities, the sooner they can help you and others.
Report scams to the US Postal Inspection Service immediately by calling 877-875-2455 or www.uspis.gov/report.
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