Employment fraud comes in many forms, but most are designed to lure desperate job seekers into disclosing their personal information to convicted felons, illegal aliens, and to cyber-thieves who sell the information for others to use.
Illegal immigrants or convicted felons who are unable to get employment, use illegally obtained Social Security numbers to obtain employment, often in low wage jobs like farm labor or fast food restaurants, where employers who are desperate for workers at minimum wages will not investigate whether the numbers are valid or if the person’s identity is legitimate.
Employment fraud is also used by thieves to ship stolen property by promising considerable compensation to people who act as their US agent. The stolen goods are shipped to the person’s home who then forwards it to another address. No compensation is ever paid the unsuspecting “US agent” who could be criminally liable.
The mystery shopper employment fraud scam is all too common and often crudely created so that most email users can easily spot them. Unfortunately, a large number of people are lured into the trap of giving up their personal identifying and financial information to these ads, since there are legitimate mystery shopper companies but which operate on a professional basis.
Finally, employment fraud is found in multilevel marketing companies that offer incredible riches to people who are able to recruit others. After reading through deceptive or false promises and tutorials, people are forced to spend hundreds of dollars per month on the company’s products while being told to spend even more on ads of their own to recruit hundreds of more people to sign on as well. Only a very small percentage of these people make any significant amount of money, despite misleading or false testimonials.
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