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Hurricane Sandy And Jobs: A Few Pockets of Opportunity

Hurricane Sandy And Jobs: A Few Pockets of Opportunity

No one would wish for a natural disaster on the magnitude of Hurricane Sandy, but if you're looking for a glimmer of hope and opportunity, rebuilding likely will mean more hours and pay for workers who help repair the damage. After the initial shocks to the economy related to $60 billion worth of lost... Read More »

Desperate Job Seekers Continue To Fall Prey To Work-At-Home Scams

Desperate Job Seekers Continue To Fall Prey To Work-At-Home Scams

For many unemployed Americans, the need to find a job, any job, has made them susceptible to con artists promising easy riches through work-at-home schemes and similar frauds. They include Barbara Beatteay, a 58-year-old cancer patient and stroke survivor who was unemployed, bankrupt and struggling to pay... Read More »

Illinois Toll Collectors Accused of Stealing $25,000 in Fees

Illinois Toll Collectors Accused of Stealing $25,000 in Fees

Maybe it's not so boring in there after all. Any motorist who has passed a highway tollbooth, and who has never worked in one, probably has wondered what the job is like. Well, maybe it's not profitable enough, for starters. As first reported by the Chicago Tribune, a group of a dozen Illinois toll workers... Read More »

Too Good To Be True? 4 Signs Of A Job Posting Scam

Too Good To Be True? 4 Signs Of A Job Posting Scam

By Tony Morrison If you've been unemployed in the past decade, you've probably surfed, scanned or studied a job board at one point. Job boards, the current generation of classified ads, are an open forum for employers to broadcast openings at their company. Read More »

You Could Be Inviting Cyber-Criminals Into Your Workplace

You Could Be Inviting Cyber-Criminals Into Your Workplace

Here's yet another good reason to limit your personal email and Internet usage at work and keep everything strictly business: You could be exposing your company to serious cyber-crime. In fact, certain industries are being specifically targeted, and if you're in one of them you should never click on a deal... Read More »

Yet Another Work-from-Home Scam

Yet Another Work-from-Home Scam

Bogus home-based Internet "business coaching services" are the latest target of the The Federal Trade Commission. It seems dozens of companies have been pushing a program that claims to help consumers create their own businesses, but that "consumers rarely, if ever, make any money as a result of the program... Read More »

How Mary's Money Blog Scammed One Man Out of Thousands

How Mary's Money Blog Scammed One Man Out of Thousands

Reports on CNN, advertisements on Yahoo boasting easy ways to make money from home, a job posting links on Google, professional e-mails sent directly to his inbox and phone interviews were what reassured Terry*, a 61-year-old writer based in the Midwest, that Mary's Money Blog was a legitimate employer.... Read More »

Struggling Economy Makes Environment Ripe For Job Scammers

Struggling Economy Makes Environment Ripe For Job Scammers

If you are among the many Americans desperately looking for work, then you also might be among the growing number of victims who have fallen prey to job scams. Jobs that promise "easy money," "flexible work from home hours," or advertise "no experience necessary" are just some of the ways con artists posing... Read More »

High Unemployment Numbers Fuel New Heinous Job Scams

High Unemployment Numbers Fuel New Heinous Job Scams

In this tough economy, it's hard enough for record numbers of the unemployed to find a job. Now, in addition to fighting the frustration of a challenging job search; the desperate unemployed also have to fend off a new trend of clever and unscrupulous online scam artists using deceptively enticing job... Read More »

Resume Services: Good, Bad, Scams

Resume Services: Good, Bad, Scams

Getty Images Resumes professionally done by services that understand your industry can make the difference between nailing down a lucrative job or being left out in the cold. I learned that in the mid 1990s. Hospital executive Anne Murga invested in a resume service that specialized in health care. After that,... Read More »

Taxi Cab Driver Confesses to Scamming Passengers

Taxi Cab Driver Confesses to Scamming Passengers

Cabbie Joseph Kastner sang like a bird to the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission [TLC] about ways passengers are cheated, reports New York Post. The problem is that some, including the TLC, question if Kastner, who was arrested last September in an overcharging sweep, is making up most of it to "buy" a... Read More »

Ask an Expert: Are There Any Legitimate Work From Home Jobs?

Ask an Expert: Are There Any Legitimate Work From Home Jobs?

An AOL reader asks: Are there any legitimate work from home jobs? They all seem to be a scam. We spoke to Susan P. Joyce, owner of Job-Hunt, an award-winning employment portal, about work-at-home opportunities and job scams. According to Joyce, "there are legitimate work from home jobs, however, job seekers... Read More »

Ask the Expert: How Do You Know if a Job Posting is Real?

Ask the Expert: How Do You Know if a Job Posting is Real?

A reader recently asked, "How do you know if a job posting is real?" We'd like to think that everything we see posted online is legitimate, but unfortunately some people are preying on uninformed and sometimes desperate job seekers to illegitimately turn a buck and ruin people's credit or drain their bank... Read More »

How the FBI and Better Business Bureau Are Cracking Down on Job Scammers

How the FBI and Better Business Bureau Are Cracking Down on Job Scammers

Job scams are becoming so prevalent that the FBI and the Better Business Bureau are stepping in to protect desperate job seekers. The old adage that "If it looks to good to be true, it probably is" bears little sway when you, like 45 percent of all out-of-work Americans, have been unemployed for six months or... Read More »

Job Fraud: Five Ways to Make Sure That Online Job Offer Isn't a Scam

Job Fraud: Five Ways to Make Sure That Online Job Offer Isn't a Scam

You wouldn't think there was a recession and that millions of people are unemployed by looking at open jobs being advertised online. The job listings are endless, and it's difficult to tell which are real and which are phishing for your personal information. Before applying for a job online, here are five... Read More »

Top 10 Frustrations of the Unemployed -- And What To Do About Them

Top 10 Frustrations of the Unemployed -- And What To Do About Them

Being without a job is stressful by itself, and there are plenty of things that make it more stressful than it should be -- such as someone trying to jump the line at the unemployment office, as one clueless person recently found out in Oregon. "You have to be careful. There are a lot of unhappy, stressed... Read More »

Real Company Provides Fake Receipts to Pad Your Expense Report

Real Company Provides Fake Receipts to Pad Your Expense Report

There are services that help you fake your way through college essays and school papers, and now it seems that there are services that allow you to lie and scheme your way through your professional adult life as well. The Sales Receipt Store, an online receipt printing service, flaunts the tag line "Create phony... Read More »

Job Scam: The Russians are Coming to Dupe the Unemployed

Job Scam: The Russians are Coming to Dupe the Unemployed

In a sad commentary on just how desperate American job seekers are becoming, a Russian hacking gang has infiltrated major employment sites, offering members jobs that involve transferring funds internationally from home. It sounds simple enough: Deposit a check into your account, then wire a large portion of... Read More »

Recruitment Scam Puts Spotlight on BP

Recruitment Scam Puts Spotlight on BP

It has been almost two months since the worst oil spill in history has polluted the Gulf of Mexico and forced BP into the constant spotlight as everything they do and did gets scrutinized by everyone from Louisiana locals to top government officials. Among the latest problems BP faces while attempting to... Read More »

Seven Nasty Job Scams

Seven Nasty Job Scams

Sick of the career spammers and scammers who prey on the unemployed, take their money and run all the way to the bank? Well, the Federal Trade Commission is fed up with them too, and has announced Operation Bottom Dollar, which has already begun cracking down on these fiends. Read More »

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