Tis the Season for Holiday Job Scams

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BBB® warns seasonal job hunters of fake online job postings

For many, holiday job searching begins online. Better Business Bureau® of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Inc. warns holiday job seekers to exercise caution when searching online classifieds. Scammers are in full swing with fraudulent job postings aimed at gaining your personal information or your money.

One scam email we saw this month advertising seasonal job openings at Target. It listed available jobs ranging from warehouse workers to cashiers to sales managers, paying up to $18.00 an hour. All you have to do, the ad states, is click “Apply Now” and enter your zip code.

In the case of the Target job scam, the company has little to no web presence and the email traced back to China. If you follow the link, it pushes you through several menus with pop-ups, and then asks for personal information. Clicking through, you may unknowingly be downloading malware onto you device. BBB warns consumers that by submitting your personal information, you may open yourself up to risk of identity theft.

Always exercise caution when job searching online. It’s best to do your own research and verify the web address is connected to the company. Use the following tips to help keep you and your information safe this holiday season.

Identifying an Online Job Scam:

  •     Jobs being offered without an interview
  •     High pay for minimal or no experience
  •     Offer comes from a third party using a free email service (Yahoo, Google, etc.)
  •     Identical job posts can be found in different cities or by different companies
  •     Poorly written job descriptions or logos that appear amateur
  •     Upfront costs to apply for or accept a job

About BBB® of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Inc.
The Better Business Bureau® of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Inc. is a not-for-profit agency serving Tarrant, Johnson, Hood, Wise, Erath, Palo Pinto, Somervell, and Parker counties. Fort Worth BBB® provides education and information on business and business standards; and serves consumers by helping resolve consumer complaints regarding businesses. For more information, call (800) 621-8566 or visit http://www.fwbbb.org.

About BBB®
For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2014, people turned to BBB more than 165 million times for BBB Business Reviews on more than 4.7 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for 113 local, independent BBBs in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution, advertising review, and industry self-regulation.


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