Scammers today are getting more savvy. No longer can you just research the company or individual to determine if they are safe. Scammers today are impersonating real people and real businesses.
When a someone impersonates a real business, it can be difficult to spot in advance. Here are a couple of articles to help educate yourself on the signs to look for:
If you have submitted any information with your SSN, here is some advice from Experian and the SSA:
From the FTC:
Complaints help the FTC and other law enforcement agencies bring scam artists to justice and put an end to unfair and misleading business practices. If you have a complaint, file it online or call 1-877-FTC-HELP.
Here at HireMyMom, we strive to be "the" resource for moms looking for great work at home jobs. And we aim to keep HireMyMom 100% scam free. Each job that is posted goes through our approval process. We look for negative reviews and other red flags before deciding if a job will be posted to our members. And there are many that do not pass the test and do not get posted.
We want to help educate our audience on what to look for if a job starts to seem suspicious.
Here are some signs of potential scams:
• The person offers to send you a check to buy equipment, supplies or some other business items. In this scenario, they will usually send a large check and have you purchase the items and ask you to send back the remaining balance. Once you have sent the balance back, their check has bounced and has left you out your own money that you sent them.
• Another red flag is if the person wants to chat by text or Google Hangout or hires you without an interview. Normally a person hiring for a real job will use email and then interview you by phone, Skype or FaceTime.
• Also of concern is if the person asks for personal information up front relating to your identity or banking information.
These are some of the techniques that we've learned of scammers attempting to use. There may be others. If you have any suspicions or are unsure about a job posting, please contact us so that we can look into it further.
If you are aware of a scam, here are some other places it can be reported:
See also: Scammers Impersonating Real Businesses
Let's work together to keep scammers out of business!