BBB Bureau Briefs: Employment Scams Targeting Students

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Cosme Ojeda with the BBB of North Central Texas joined Anchor Jake Garcia on Monday for BBB Bureau Briefs.

Ojeda covered employment scams for graduating high school seniors that will be heading to college soon.

May is a great time of year for celebrating high school or college graduations and we congratulate the class of 2018. As graduates begin to look for jobs they need to BEWARE of emails, phone calls or texts claiming a job is being offered.

There are a number of employment scams out there seeking to separate you from your cash or to obtain your personal information that can be used in identity theft.

Some Clues to look for:

* there is a sense of urgency in the messaging

* a request for a credit card or other form of payment in addition to personal information hiring companies don't typically ask for

* grammatical errors, misspellings, and exclamation marks

* Ads promoting jobs with generic titles, such as admin assistant or customer service rep

* Job offers containing the phrases; Teleworking OK, Immediate Start, No Experience Needed

* Receiving an offer for a job you did not apply for

* The solicitation comes from an unknown sender; e-mails from a free account, like Yahoo or Hotmail

Good luck to the Class of 2018 and remember as you start out on your own, Start With Trust. Visit bbb.org.

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