BBB warns about online employment scams

Watch out for shady employment offers

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) warns hopeful job seekers to watch out for shady employment offers designed to ensnare them in reshipping schemes. BBB has identified three fraudulent entities perpetrating this scam in recent weeks and hears regularly from people who thought they had found gainful employment only to realize they were unwittingly assisting in illegal activities.

These are supposed positions advertised online which a) Attempt to enlist applicants to take part in fraudulent reshipping schemes, where unknowing individuals are used to redirect stolen goods or goods paid for with stolen credit cards out of the country. Or b) Seek to gather people’s personal information for the purposes of identity theft.

Dan Hendrickson, Spokesperson, BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota joined the KARE 11 News at 4 to educate people about employment schemes, particularly so-called reshipping schemes.

Common warning signs of potential employment scams include:

• The position involves transferring money or reshipping goods – domestically or out of the country
• The company is or claims to be located in another country
• The position does not list education or experience requirements
• The offer promises significant earning potential for little effort
• Emails contain grammatical and typographical errors
• The company claims to have been in business for many years but their website was only recently created

Contact the BBB at 800-646-6222. 


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