Job Scams

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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. Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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.... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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,... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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. Continue Reading

  • 3 Ways to Spot a Job Recruitment Scam

    3 Ways to Spot a Job Recruitment Scam

    Job scams are highly prevalent in a shoddy job environment, with scam artists aching to jack into your bank account by any means necessary. Since 10 percent of the U.S. population is on the job hunt, a great way for scam artists to gain your trust - and consequently, access into your bank account - is through... Continue Reading

  • Apply For a Job Online, Have Your Identity Stolen

    Apply For a Job Online, Have Your Identity Stolen

    Turns out, typos on a resume or getting the hiring manager's name wrong aren't the only things job seekers have to fret about when they apply for openings online. They also have to worry about being scammed. Web savvy criminals are preying on uninformed and desperate job seekers to turn a quick buck and... Continue Reading

  • Keeping Your Online Job Search Safe

    With all the scams and identity theft being reported these days, it's no wonder you might be cautious of job searching online. Luckily there are several ways to locate a job online safely and securely and keep your bank account intact. First, make yourself aware of the most common scams surrounding the... Continue Reading