There are more job and employment Internet scams each and every day. Scammers try to fraudulently get you to wire money or collect your personal information, or attempt any one of a variety of other job scams designed to take advantage of job hunters seeking to find employment online.
Jennifer is just one of the many job seekers who have written to tell me that they were the victim of a scam. She was told that she would receive $490 a week. Then she received another email saying that there was a mistake and the company had accidentally sent her 3,200 dollars. When she received the check she was supposed to wire the rest of the money to someone else. That's a typical attempt to get you to part with your money. The check from the company wouldn't have cleared, and she would have already wired the money to the third party.
What should you do if you've been scammed or almost scammed? Here's how to report a scam, including where and how to report an employment scam.
How to Report a Scam
File a Report With the Internet Crime Complaint Center
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The Internet Crime Complaint Center accepts online Internet crime complaints. In order to file a report, you'll need to provide the following information:
- Your name, mailing address, and telephone number.
- The name, address, telephone number, and web address, if available, of the individual or organization you believe defrauded you.
- Specific details on how, why, and when you believe you were defrauded.
File a Report With the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, collects complaints about companies, business practices, and identity theft.
Report the Company to the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
Enter the company name or the web site into the Better Business Bureau search box to find out whether there have been complaints and whether the company has an unsatisfactory record with the Bureau. You can file your own complaint online.
Report a Fraudulent Website to Google
If you believe you've encountered a website that is designed to look like a legitimate website in an attempt to steal users' personal information, here's to report it to Google.
Have You Been Scammed?
Have you been scammed or are you aware of a job scam that should be added to the list? Here's how to share information on job scams.
Disclaimer: You may see advertisements for jobs that aren't legitimate on this page, because that's the topic of the page. Just because you see an ad or a site listed here, that doesn't make a legitimate company. Carefully investigate companies that you are interested in.