The Colorado Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Section recently shared resources with Colorado Senior Lobby on how to protect yourself from scammers that prey on job seekers. Below are some of the resources they shared. This content is from their July 2020 eNewsletter.
Work at Home Scams
Typical work-at-home schemes promise large earning potential for very little effort and expenditure of your time, taking advantage of an individual’s willingness to earn a living for themselves and their families. Watch this video from the Federal Trade Commission to learn how you can be on the lookout for work-at-home scams.
Signs of a Job Scam
Scammers advertise jobs where legitimate employers do — online, in newspapers, and even on TV and radio. Here’s how to tell whether a job lead may be a scam:
You need to pay to get the job. They may say they’ve got a job waiting, or guarantee to place you in a job, if you just pay a fee for certification, training materials, or their expenses placing you with a company. But after someone pays, these jobs often do not materialize.
You need to supply your credit card or bank account information. Don’t give out your credit card or bank account information over the phone to a company unless you’re familiar with them and have agreed to pay for something.
The ad is for “previously undisclosed” federal government jobs. Information about available federal jobs is free. And all federal positions are announced to the public on usajobs.gov. Don’t believe anyone from another source who promises you a federal or postal job – LEARN MORE
Take time to report fraud or suspicious activity
By learning how to avoid scams related to the Coronavirus, we can work together to ensure no one in our state is taken in by these malicious attempts to defraud Colorado consumers during this public health emergency.
If you notice any scams, fraud, price gouging, or other attempts to take advantage of Coloradans during this public health emergency, contact Stop Fraud Colorado at 800-222-4444 or www.StopFraudColorado.gov.
This content was shared by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Section.