So if you're a loyal subscriber that's read my work at home scam section from top to bottom, one of the things I've warned against is that some scam artist will use the name and contact information of legitimate companies to lure you into a sense of security. This tends to happen in emailed work at home job offers. Most of the times, the scammers will only reference smaller, lesser known companies. But recently that's changed. I don't know if scammers have had a bowl of Wheaties or grown a bigger pair, but now they're using larger company's identity to push their work at home scams.
The Wisconsin Better Business Bureau (BBB) recently issued an alert regarding a current work-at-home scam using a well-known charity, Habitat for Humanity. In case you don't know, Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. They build with people in need regardless of race or religion. This is a great company that does great work. Leave it to a scammer to corrupt such a noble cause.
How The Scam Works:
1. A work job seeker answers an ad in their local newspaper for a work-at-home job as a Regional Donations Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity International or whatever title the scammers are now using.
2. You apply for the job via email and are easily accepted. You would think there would be a lot more qualifications required for this position and a background check.
3. You're sent a check, which is allegedly a donation, and instructed to keep $350 of it as your payment and wire the remainder to another Habitat for Humanity official that is allegedly in charge of home construction projects.
4. If you have deposited the check into your persona account and wired the remainder, as instructed, you would be in a world of hurt. Because the check is counterfeit and guess who ends up owing the bank the amount of money withdrew against the check deposit? You!
This is basically another example of the check and wire transfer scam article we wrote a few moons ago. I've said this before and I'll say it again, scam artist are lazy and tend to repeat themselves. After all, if it ain't broke then why fix it? They may vary some small details but if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck then it's a duck.
So just keep this in mind if you're getting great job offers out of no where.
How To Spot A Fake Emailed Job Offer!
1. There are misspellings and grammar mistakes littered all over their emailed job offer.
2. The email address is from a free account like yahoo, gmail, aol, etc. It should be from the company's domain. (Hr@RealCompanyName.com)
3. Contact information isn't matching up. If they reference a website but their email address isn't from that website, visit the site, find a contact form use it to contact someone at the company. You want to verify that they have the employee named in the email and the position in question is real.
4. When in doubt just follow the steps in our scam video. Bad news tends to travel fast so chances are this scam artist has been discussed on one of the many other fine scam fighting websites.
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