Labor scam targeting young adults, agency warns – Human Resources & Education

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If you have just graduated from high school, college or university, beware of scams that offer high pay for entry-level jobs.

According to Simone Lis, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau (BBB) ​​Serving Mainland BC, 2021 saw a 130 percent increase in the number of young adults who fell on the job for scams.

“As we enter a post-pandemic summer where employers are eager to recruit new talent, we are encouraging recent graduates to ensure they remain vigilant as they enter the professional workforce,” said Lis.

Scammers target people who have no real experience and offer unrealistic wages for general jobs, such as a virtual assistant or a customer service representative.

Once the person is “hired”, employees are asked to provide personal information, including bank account information and social security number (SIN) to set up a direct deposit account.

Some scammers may even ask people to pay for their own training or equipment.

Another common employment scam is when a person “accidentally” receives an overpayment and is asked to return the extra money.

A young BC resident, who was scammed of her personal and banking information, shared her experience with BBB.

She was contacted by email that her resume had been found on Indeed and offered her a “purchasing assistant position.”

All communication was virtual and she was asked to provide her BC driver’s license, bank details and a photo.

“Later they told me to increase my daily withdrawal limit and asked me to convert their money into a bitcoin check. That’s when I realized it was a scam,” she told BBB.

Tips to make sure you don’t get scammed on a job hunt:

  • Do extra research on messages that work from home, reship packages, and list secret shopper positions. If a job posting is for a well-known brand, check the company’s career page to confirm the position.
  • Receiving a job offer without an interview is a red flag. Beware of companies that promise great opportunities or high income provided the employee pays for coaching, training, certifications, etc. Never give out your Social Security number, driver’s license or date of birth until after you are officially hired.
  • Government agencies post all vacancies publicly and freely. These agencies will never charge for information about vacancies or applications. Be wary of special access or guaranteed placement for a fee.
  • Never deposit unexpected fishing cheques. Be careful about sharing personal information or accepting prepayments. No legitimate job would ever overpay an employee and ask for money to go elsewhere.
  • A legitimate recruiter will provide a full contract for their services, including what the job seeker receives and what happens if the job seeker does not find a job.

Employment scams can be reported to: www.BBB.org/ScamTracker

Richmond News

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