BBB Warns Job Seekers of Employment Scams 

Anchorage, Alaska — June 7, 2018 Employment scams are on the rise in 2018. Since JanuaryU.S. residents have reported 1,500 employment scams to BBB Scam Tracker with over $1.4 million lost. Compare this to 1,000 scams with over $500,000 lost from January to May of last yearSimilarly, employment scams from Northwest + Pacific residents have increased by 30 percentAlaska residents have only reported 1 employment scam this year, but the victim lost an estimated $550.

Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific wants job seekers to be aware of employment scams that often trick “new employees” into giving out their personal information or their hard-earned money. With the official start of summer just a couple of weeks away, many graduates and students out of school will be looking for full time or seasonal work. Scammers may take advantage of this opportunity to prey on job seekers with scam job postings, fake recruiter emails and work-at-home schemes. 

To avoid employment scams, job hunters should look out for these red flags: 

A legitimate recruiter will provide you with a complete contract for their services with cost, what you get, who pays (you or the employer), and what happens if you do not find a job.

If you’ve been a victim of an employment scam, help others avoid being scammed by filing a report with BBB.org/ScamTracker. 

Michelle Tabler, Alaska Marketplace Manager| 907-644- 5208 | michelle.tabler@thebbb.org
Veronica Craker, Content & Communications Director| 253-722-8732| veronica.craker@thebbb.org