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Beware of New Work-from-Home Scams


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FBI

Happy Friday

 

This week the FBI issued a warning about a surge in work-from-home scams that are targeting individuals across the country. These scams are designed to defraud unsuspecting victims by offering fake remote job opportunities.

 

How the Scam Works

Scammers are posing as legitimate businesses, often impersonating staffing or recruiting companies. They reach out to potential victims through unsolicited calls, emails, and text messages, offering seemingly simple work-from-home tasks such as rating restaurants or optimizing websites by repeatedly clicking a button.

 

These fraudulent job offers come with confusing compensation structures, which may include demands for cryptocurrency payments to "unlock" work or "earn" more money. Unfortunately, these payments are sent directly to the scammers, who then disappear with the money. To make the scam more convincing, they may even create fake websites that simulate earnings from these tasks, but it’s all a facade.


Red Flags to Watch For

To protect yourself from falling victim to these scams, be on the lookout for the following warning signs:

    

  1. Cryptocurrency Payments: If the job requires you to make cryptocurrency payments to your employer, it's a scam.

  2. Simplistic Tasks: Jobs that involve tasks like repeatedly clicking buttons or rating shops and restaurants, particularly if they use the term "optimization."

  3. Lack of References: Legitimate jobs usually require references. If a job does not ask for any, be cautious.


Tips to Stay Safe

  • Be Skeptical of Unsolicited Offers: Exercise caution when you receive unsolicited job offers via email or text message. Avoid clicking on any links, downloading attachments, or providing any personal or financial information, such as your social security number or date of birth.

  • Never Send Money: Legitimate employers will never ask you to send money. Remember, employers pay employees, not the other way around.


If you or someone you know has fallen victim to a work-from-home scam, the FBI urges you to report it. Please visit the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov to file a complaint.

 

Stay safe out there.  

-A


  

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