Make Extra Money This Holiday Season? Look Out for This Con

The holiday season will soon be in full swing, and stores are staffing up with temporary employees. Seasonal work can be a great way to make extra money during the holidays, but watch out for fake job scams.
How the Scam Works:

Santa ClausYou receive an email that appears to be from the human resources department of a major retailer or a recruitment firm. The email says the company is hiring employees for the holiday season and claims to pay a high hourly wage. And applying is easy. You don’t need to go into the store. All you have to do is click the link at the bottom of the message and fill out an online application.

Don’t let the message fool you! This email traces back to China, not a corporate office in the United States or Canada. If you click, you may download malware to your device. Or, if you complete the “application,” you will be sharing your personal information with scammers and opening yourself up to identity theft.

As the holiday season ramps up, watch out for scams. Busy schedules mean that people may be less vigilant in November and December and can easily fall prey to cons.

How to Spot a Job Scam:

• Don’t fall for an overpayment scam. No legitimate job would ever overpay an employee and ask him/her wire the money elsewhere. This is a common trick used by scammers.

• Some positions are more likely to be scams. Always be wary of work-from-home offers, secret shopper positions, or any job with a generic title, such as caregiver or customer service representative. These positions often don’t require special training or licensing, so they appeal to a wide range of applicants. Scammers know this and use these otherwise legitimate titles in their fake ads.

• If a job looks suspicious, search for it online. If the result comes up in other cities with the exact same job post, it is likely a scam. Also, check the real company’s job page to make sure the position is posted there.

• Watch out for on-the-spot job offers. You may be an excellent candidate for thejob, but beware of offers made without an interview. A real company will want to talk to a candidate before hiring him or her.

• Look for pay or perks well above similar positions. If similar jobs offer to pay $10/hour and this position pays $20/hour, chances are that there’s a catch.

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