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BBB Warns Parents and Grads about Summer Job Scams

Now that school is ending, thousands of young people in our area are looking for summer jobs. The Better Business Bureau is warning students and their parents about common job scams.

The Internet is brimming with employment ads that lure in thousands of young job seekers with the promise of good-paying jobs. Often times, these offers are more likely to be scams, than actual jobs.

The BBB has 10 tips to help you tell if the job is real or a scam:

1. Full-time pay for part-time work. If the job promises to pay you a lot of money, but doesn't require experience, it might be a scam.

2. Job offers from strangers. If you post your resume on a job board and are offered a job immediately without you filling out an application or having an interview, it's probably a scam. Don't give your personal information, especially your Social Security Number or credit card information, to anyone on the Internet. This could lead to identity theft.

3. Advance payments. If someone wants you to make pay a fee to get a job, it could be a scam.

4. Wire transfers. If a potential ‘employer' asks you to pay an advance fee for a job via wire transfer, it is definitely a scam. When you wire money, it's gone.

5. High pressure tactics. Don't rush to accept a job offer of work before you have thoroughly researched the company to make sure it is legitimate.

6. No written job description. Ask for information about the job in writing. Look carefully at any documentation to make sure it answers all your questions. If the business do not respond to your questions, don't do business with them.

7. Suspicious references. A real business should be able to give you professional references. You should ask for references and check them yourself.

8. Questionable business address. Be very cautious if a company lacks an established physical location with a real street address. A cell phone number and website address are not enough contact information. If there is an address, it's worth taking a moment to check it out on the Internet.

9. Purchase required. If the employer requires that you purchase "equipment, software or inventory," you should be cautious. You could pay for these materials, but never receive them.

10. Bad BBB rating. Victims of job scams often file complaints with the BBB. It only takes minutes to check a company's record out.

For more information, please visit BBB.

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