Elyssa Duncan
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BEWARE: 3 popular job scams

#Coronavirus has left millions of workers without jobs, many desperate for remote jobs that can provide a source of income without having to leave their homes.

Unfortunately, this also means that scammers are on the prowl for vulnerable people looking for work. There have always been job scams out there, but it’s going to grow as the weeks go on.

Here are a few of the most popular scams that should raise some red flags.

FAKE CHECKS You may see a job post offering “quick cash” typically in the telemarketing, sales or customer service field.

Red flag: Employer offers to send you a check to buy supplies to do the job

  • When you go to deposit the check, it’ll probably clear within a day or two
  • A few days after, the bank will discover the check was fake
  • Your bank account will be negative, and you are now responsible for any overdraft

Protect yourself: Never use money from a check to wire funds, send gift cards or money orders to strangers.

MYSTERY SHOPPERS Retailers DO sometimes use mystery shoppers to audit their stores for customer service, cleanliness, etc. But, chances are legitimate companies are not doing this right now.

Red flag: Employers ask you to evaluate a money transfer service (such as Western Union or MoneyGram) as your first assignment.

  • You receive a check and are asked to deposit it, take out the cash and wire it to a third party (spoiler alert: the third party is the scammer!)
  • The check will bounce, and you will be responsible for the negative balance

To check if a mystery shopping offer is legitimate, check here!

GOVERNMENT GRANTS/LOANS Federal and state governments are working on relief packages to help workers get through this tough time. There will be a lot of new programs being stood up over the next few weeks/months, so please be careful.

Red flag: Any call, text or email that offers a government grant or loan.

  • Do not give out any personal information over the phone
  • Do not click on any links in emails or provide any personal information

To confirm which programs are legitimate, check official government websites + news stories.


Please be sure to report any suspected scams on Jobcase by clicking the three dots in the upper right and selecting Report. That will help our team find them quicker!

Good luck with your job search!

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Tracy Rogers
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I have even got 2 scam job offers on here. I’m not blaming JobCase at all they do a great job of monitoring but they can’t watch everything at all times. One was even a scam from what looked like a legitimate company. They asked that I interview over Google Hangouts and supposedly offered me a job working from home but then asked me to pay $100 for software to be put in a computer that they were supposedly sending me but the $100 would be refunded to me. Don’t be scammed! No reputable company will ask for money up front and if the job pays a whole lot of money for a vague job description then it’s most likely a scam

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Kaiju Lady
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Good advice. Also, avoid MLMs at all costs. These are always scams. I know so many people who’ve had their lives destroyed by these shady companies.

Here’s a list of MLMs. Avoid these places. https://mlmtruth.org/master-list/

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Your Friend
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I fell into elaborate fake check scam... company hired me as a third party project manager consultant/ collections agent. Company seemed legit. I believe somebody hacked the real CEOs email address. I signed employment docs. They wanted me to collect on some late accounts and I would be offered a percentage of any amount recovered. I recovered thousands of dollars of late accounts. Actual people answered the phone and pretended to give me the run around but eventually sent me money after I put them on a payment plan. But it was odd when the checks showed up it was from a different company. I set up a business account to deposit them, keep my fees, and send the rest of what was owed to the company. I told the bank to make sure the checks werent going to bounce... turns out they were all bad checks! I turned everything over to the FBI but I didnt hear anything back. Except now my bank puts a mandatory week long hold on any legitimate deposits I make.

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Gloria Corona
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In January i was send 2 check they were 1,900.00 each. They want me to deposit the check but buy 4 gift card an give it out an i keep the other amount. But never make any sense. They send email if i cash it . No i didnt. They was been worst....

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Gloria Corona
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I did a dumb move an give money away. I told him i got more money an u didn't break me. Im glade i help u.... then facebook they copy me an try get money out of me. No more....

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Kim Brannan
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My question about hiring scams. When you receive an email or text and they ask you to go to google hangouts are these typically scams? It has happened twice but before I generalize and group all into this group, I want to ask. Anyone else have experience with this?

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Kitty Gray
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Almost fell into one of these. I was contacted by an “ employer “ that I had applied to from a job website ! I had actually had an on-site interview with the company, so I felt that it might have been legit at first. I thought it had been forwarded to another department within the company, since I had extensive experience in the industry.

When they made me the job offer online, they asked for address to send the check to buy computer, etc. since this was something available on my resume, I complled. However I never gave anything personal like social security or bank info.

I started to feel suspicious and reported it to the job site as a possible scam.

Not only didn’t get the $2500 check, but haven’t heard back. Was happy to see this post, knowing I did right thing. Be careful everyone.

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Samantha P.
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Wow!!! Thank you for the information. Fortunately for me, Only jobs I applied for were state jobs and I know I do not expect to be contacted for almost two years. I no longer accept checks from anyone, unless I know where your MOTHER lives and sleeps at. I used to work in a jail for juveniles and I loved the stories, I stayed abreast of EVERYTHING. Now I read stories like this. Thanks again.

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Peter Me
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WYMM

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shelita simmons
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Think you do much for this important information

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