Employment fraud is all too common in today’s economy and due to the easy availability to computers. Millions of people have email accounts that employment fraud scammers get access to and bombard with fraudulent job offers asking for fees to sign up or which ask desperate people to commit unsuspecting fraud.
Any misleading, deceptive or false advertisement for employment is employment fraud if it either promises you compensation for services and never pays you, charges you a fee for information that is materially false or misleading, or has you commit an unlawful act.
Most employment fraud schemes are perpetrated online. Job seekers or those intrigued by quick money are lured by ads promising hundreds of dollars per day, or thousands per month, by performing simple tasks for companies looking for people like you and that you must act now. In nearly all of these cases, you pay a fee and receive lists of companies that are defunct or will not respond to your solicitations.
Other employment fraud scams are multi-level marketing where you must purchase the company’s products monthly while hunting for other people to do the same, not realizing that about 2 percent of people ever make any money.
A common scheme was one in which you are hired as an agent and asked to deposit a phony check into your bank account, keep a sum for yourself, and wire the rest to an unknown person. You will end up owing thousands to your bank.
Protect yourself by not responding to unsolicited emails or ever giving out sensitive information to anyone without a legitimate, written job offer and talking to or meeting the person, and checking out the company. If you are a victim of employment fraud, immediately contact the FTC along with your bank, DMV, and Social Security office if you disclosed this information.
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