The U.S. Federal Trade Commission provides consumers with free tips and information on how to avoid being scammed online and what to do if you feel you have been scammed. For further information, please visit theFederal Trade Commission’s job scams advice webpage.
If you have been scammed online, you may report the crime through the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center’s website (www.ic3.gov) or the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s website (http://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/).
Ken Paxton, The Attorney General for The State of Texas, has their “TOP 10 FRAUDS & SCAMS” Page. It says, “Jobs or business opportunities that require you to pay up front for training, equipment, or “kits”; are highly suspect, especially if you found the offer on the Internet and have no independent information about the company involved. Legitimate employers hardly ever require new hires to pay to start the job. A tip-off: if the job is easy to get, pays extremely well, and requires very little work (in the comfort of your home, no less), be suspicious. It’s too good to be true”. There are also a lot of really helpful info about ways to recognize if someone is trying to tip you off.
Here are two photos of “job listings” that we copied from a recent edition of The Green Sheet. Both of these ads are really good examples of what a fake employment ad for a forklift driver job looks like. Please note that I tried to apply for both of these “jobs” and were told that we needed to have a forklift certification. One place (the one on Honeywell) told me that the my certification was not good (even though I am an OSHA authorized trainer) and the other one told me that I would have to “transfer” my certification to their company. It got worse when I asked when I could start and if I’d get a refund if I didn’t get hired.