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By M.P. MCQUEEN
As unemployment reaches levels not seen in decades, job and business-opportunity scams are flourishing.
Consumer-protection and law-enforcement groups and better-business bureaus are reporting a growing number of phony job-recruitment and work-at-home schemes targeting desperate Americans looking for a way to pay the bills.
“In these times of despair, people who have been laid off, including executives, make desperate decisions, and the predators are out there,” says Michael Galvin, vice president of communications at the Better Business Bureau of Southeast Florida and the Caribbean, in West Palm Beach, Fla.
“…be wary of job and business opportunities that promise hefty rewards with little effort, consumer-protection officials say…”
Rules of Thumb:
- NEVER provide your Social Security Number, bank Account Number, Internet IDs and Passwords over the Internet.
- NEVER pay upfront for any kind of job promise,asked in the form of “processing fees,” Application fees,” “shipping and handling fees”, etc…
- STAY AWAY from deals that promise tens of thousands of dollars, a million dollars or even more with LITTLE or NO WORK at all…
- Read this article for WORK AT HOME SCAMS…
- From the same article “Don’t pay fees for referrals to government jobs, including jobs with the U.S. Postal Service, either; there are no “secret” channels to government employment.”
- USE YOUR COMMON SENSE and INNER VOICE. If it does not make sense to you, don’t do it! If something feels and sounds fishy, the chances are it IS fishy.
- Did you know this? “If you earn commissions primarily by recruiting others and not by selling goods or services, the enterprise likely is illegal, say officials at the FTC.”