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12 On Your Side: Scammers targeting unemployed Americans

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011

AUGUSTA -- If you are one of the millions of unemployed Americans, then you've probably, at some point, turned to online jobs boards in search of employment. The Better Business Bureau is warning job seekers that some postings require you to pay money to make money.

Although, some job postings on employment websites are legitimate, some are scams.

In 2010, the Federal Trade Commission began cracking down on people who prey on the unemployed. They found one scammer who victimized more than 100,000 people.

Here are some red flags to help you spot a fake job posting:

  • The employers' emails are full of spelling errors.
  • The job requires the employees to wire money.
  • The employer asks for personal information like banking accounts or social security numbers.
  • Salary and benefits offered seem to good to be true.

Most importantly, do a little investigating. Check out your potential employer with the Better Business Bureau or the Attorney General's Office.

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