Tyler Better Business Bureau
When money is tight, work-at-home opportunities can sound like just the thing to make ends meet. However, before exposing your desire to work along with identifiable information, it’s important that you verify the legitimacy of the company.
In the cases reported to BBB, all correspondence was conducted via email along with a freight service company. No correspondence was conducted via phone or in person. The victims later discovered that the check bounced, leaving their bank accounts depleted.
Before you submit your resume, BBB suggests:
- Exercise extreme caution when considering job offers that that involve the transmission of money, especially to foreign countries. In addition to potentially significant financial loss, acting on these offers also puts you in danger of unwittingly violating local, state and even federal laws. Only forward money via wire when you know and have had personal contact with the individual.
- Whether it is in the form of a job, loan, grant, sweepstakes or lottery, do not fall victim to advance-fee scams. All these scams work the same way — the crooks send the victim a check, which is counterfeit or invalid, and ask the victim to deposit the check and then forward a portion of it to some person or company. The victim does not realize that the check is not good until long after the victim has sent the payment to the crooks.
- Although the funds from a deposited check may be available for use within one to five business days of deposit, it can take several weeks for the bank to determine that the check is counterfeit or otherwise invalid. Instructions to draw money on checks shortly after they have been deposited may be the work of unscrupulous companies attempting to take advantage of this technicality.
- Suspicious job offers, promises of financial relief or prize winnings for contests you did not enter are ploys to trick you into wiring considerable sums of cash to random individuals in the United States or Canada. Once the scam artists have received your money, you will never hear from them again!
To check on businesses anywhere in the United States, please visit www.bbb.org. To report a fraud or scam, call the BBB Hotline at 903-581-8373.