Scammers advertise jobs the same way legitimate employers do: online (in ads, on job sites, social media), in newspapers, and sometimes on TV and radio. They promise you a job, but what they want is your money and your personal information.
Work from home job scams: Many people would like to work from home and generate income. Scammers know this, so they place ads, often online, claiming that they have jobs where you can make thousands of dollars a month working from home with little time and effort. The job could be anything from reshipping products to selling merchandise to people you know. Sometimes scammers try to get you interested by saying that you can be your own boss, start your own business or set your own schedule. If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is!
Scammers post fake job ads for nannies, caregivers, and virtual assistants on job sites. They may also send emails that look like they’re from someone in your community, or who is part of an organization you know, like your university or a local business. If you apply, the person who hires you might send you a check. They’ll tell you to keep part of the money for your services and then send the rest to someone else. That is a scam and a legitimate employer will never ask you to that. What happens next is the check is fake. It can take days for a bank/credit union to discover this, but once they do, the institution will require you to repay the full amount. So if you ever get an offer that includes depositing a check and then using some of the money for any reason, that’s a scam and you should walk away.
For more information, please check out the Federal Trade Commission Consumer Advice on new employment scams.