What is a job scam?
Source: United States Federal Trade Commission, www.ftc.gov.
Dishonest people are sometimes called scammers. They might promise to help you find a job. The scammers promise to help you if you pay them. But after the scammers take your money, you get nothing. This is a job scam.
How do I know a job is a scam?
Most fake job offers have things in common. A job scam:
- promises you a job
- guarantees that you will make money
- often says you can work at home
- might offer government jobs no one knows about
Scammers advertise fake jobs:
- in the newspaper
- on signs, posters, and flyers
How do job scams work?
You might see an ad on a poster, online, or in the newspaper. The ad promises that you will get a job. The ad might guarantee that you will make a certain amount of money.
You might respond to the website or phone number in the ad. You will hear more promises. And then someone will ask you to pay:
- to get the job
- for more job listings
- for supplies to start a business at home
- for a certification that is supposed to get you a job
If you pay, you will not get the job they promised. Instead, you might get:
- a list of jobs that is old
- job search advice you could get for free
- a certificate that will not help you get a job
- nothing at all
You will not get your money back, even if they promised you would.
How can I tell what is real and what is a scam?
Here are some ways to spot a job scam. Scammers:
- promise to get you a job
- ask you to pay before they help you
- promise you a government job
- promise you can make lots of money working from home
If someone really could help you, they would not promise these things. No one can promise that you will get a job.
What if I already sent money to someone who promised me a job?
You probably will not get your money back. But you can help other people not get scammed.
If you sent money and got no help, report it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC):
Call the FTC at 1-877-382-4357
Go online: ftc.gov/complaint
The FTC uses complaints to build cases against scammers. Any information you can give helps investigators.