Most victims of employment scams already in financial crises, study says

Most of the scam targets were seeking work-from-home jobs.


A Better Business Bureau study has found that three-quarters of people who lose money due to employment scams were already in financial hardships.

Those targeted were usually unemployed when the incidents happened, the bureau noted Tuesday, which launched the research to better understand the effects of shutdowns amid the pandemic.

Research found many issues were common:

—Most of the scam targets were seeking work-from-home jobs,

—People's reported "job offer" issues were related to becoming a "warehouse redistribution coordinator" or similar shipment positions, and

—Scammers impersonated well-known retailers like Amazon and Walmart.

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Read the fully study here and get tips about employment scams from the BBB here.