Tips To Avoid Pandemic Job Scams

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Steve Bernas – President and CEO of BBB of Chicago and Northern Illinois

BBB Tips to avoid job scams:

  • If someone wants you to pay for the promise of a job, it’s a “tip-off to the rip-off” that it is almost certainly a scam.
  • Take time to find the job listing on the company’s website directly.
  • Check on businesses offering jobs at
  • Complete an internet search with the employer’s name and the word “scam” to see if there are other complaints involving job scams.
  • Examine the email address of those offering jobs to see if it matches the company’s and sender’s name.
  • There are no legitimate jobs that involve receiving and reshipping packages.
  • Don’t fall for a fake check scam. BBB is unaware of any legitimate job offers that send checks to applicants and ask them to send money to a third party.
  • Do not click on links in texts and emails or respond to calls from unknown sources

It is vital that victims of job scams report them. File complaints with:

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