Employment scams continue to deceive unsuspecting job hunters

BBB offers tips for summer job seekers

The academic calendar for high schools and many post-secondary institutions in B.C. are coming to an end, and students across the province are now on the hunt for summer jobs and internship opportunities.

While gaining work experience to boost their resumes is an important factor, many are also job searching for a chance to save funds to help cover the costs of the fall semester.

With any luck, the majority will be able to find gainful employment with legitimate brick and mortar stores and businesses. However, employment scams continue to deceive unsuspecting job hunters, as they ranked number four on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) National List of Top 10 Scams for 2018.

BBB’s analysis of the Scam Tracker reports received in 2018 showed that 9.8 per cent came from students, most of which concerned employment scams.

The BBB Risk Report also revealed that employment scams are the riskiest type of scam in all of North America, with students and people ages 18 to 24 being the most susceptible groups. In light of this, BBB is warning both students and their parents to look out for employment scams as they go through the job application process.

here are some tips from BBB to help recognize employment scams:

• Always start with the primary rule of thumb: if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

• Research the company. Sometimes it may even require calling the business to confirm details if you have any suspicions. Researching can be difficult at times, as scammers are creating more elaborate business websites and sometimes even impersonate legitimate businesses by mimicking their website. At the same time, a company that does not have any online activity is a potential red flag.

• Any job offer that requires an up-front payment or money transfer is likely a scam. Legitimate companies do not operate in this way.

• Vague job descriptions and over-the-top pay scales should raise red flags.

• Be wary of job offers that appear in pop-up advertisements online.

• Check for spelling and grammatical errors in job postings. Poorly constructed sentences are classic signs of a scam.

• Beware of employers that ask you to provide your Social Insurance Number or financial and confidential information BEFORE you have been hired. Normally, this information is provided in-person during the onboarding process and should never be sent to anyone via email. Requests for credit card information are a clear red flag.

• Be wary if the company uses a free email account. Any Human Resource personnel that responds with a Hotmail, Gmail or Yahoo account is potentially a scammer.

• If you did not apply for the job or participate in a proper recruitment process, eg. an interview, this is not a job opportunity you should pursue. Legitimate companies always want to meet prospective employees in person.

If you encounter an employment scam, report it to BBB using Scam Tracker.

Check out BBB online: www.bbb.org

Just Posted

Barriere Bottle Depot signage vandalized

Barriere RCMP say they are currently investigating two incidents of mischief against… Continue reading

TNRD director accuses Tiny House Warriors of harassment

Blue River director Stephen Quinn said the actions of the pipeline protesters need to be addressed

Convicted animal abuser to return to B.C. court May 21

Catherine Jessica Adams is facing a breach of probation charge

Drinking water advisory issued for infants in Barriere

District of Barriere advises water from the municipal system should not be used as drinking water for certain at risk populations, specifically bottle-fed infants due to levels of manganese

Special Council Meeting held May 13 in Barriere regarding current water situation

A Special Council Meeting of the District of Barriere Municipal Council was… Continue reading

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Should B.C. already be implementing province-wide fire bans?

A petition is calling for B.C. Wildfire Service to issue a ban to reduce risk of human caused wildfires

Growing wildfire prompts evacuation of High Level, Alta.

Chuckegg Creek fire has been burning for several day, but grew substantially Sunday

Top women’s hockey player Natalie Spooner coming to B.C.

Natalie Spooner special guest at annual Grindstone charity weekend in Kelowna

Take-home drug testing kits latest pilot to help curb B.C.’s overdose crisis

Researchers look to see if fentanyl testing could be a useful tool for those who use drugs alone

Facebook takes down anti-vaxxer page that used image of late Canadian girl

Facebook said that the social media company has disabled the anti-vaccination page

Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain

Father and two youngsters fall down a steep, treacherous cliff while hiking Burke Mountain

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

Most Read