A message from the Federal Trade Commission
Looking for work? You might see promises of a job, big money, or work you can do at home. But if you have to pay before someone helps you get the job, that’s a scam.
Real employers with real jobs don’t make you pay to get hired, and they’ll never guarantee big money for little effort. That’s always a scam.
So if somebody tells you to pay money to earn money, tell the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, at: www.reportfraud.ftc.gov
If you’re looking for a job:
■ Do some research. Search online for the name of the company or person who’s hiring you, plus the words “scam,” “review,” or “complaint.” See what people are saying.
■ Take your time. Before you accept an offer or send a potential employer information, run the job offer or posting by someone you trust.
■ Don’t send money “back” to your new boss. If someone asks you to you deposit a check and then buy gift cards or send money back to the boss — or on to someone else — that’s a scam.
■ The check may look like it “cleared,” and the funds seem to be in your account. But that check is fake. Once the bank discovers that, the money is already gone.