DENVER (KDVR) – Fake job listings are among the top 11 employment scams in the country, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
Sonya Perez tells FOX31 she responded to a work-from-home data entry job listing on social media that seemed to be the key to getting her family going.
“You’re trying to defy those limits because you’re looking for a job for your family,” he said.
A so-called cannabis industry representative texted Perez saying the job paid $30 an hour and $17 an hour for training. Soon after, the man made a routine request.
“When I started to suspect it is [when] they asked me to send them $1,000,” Perez said.
The scammer backed up the request by sending a $2,500 check to Perez’s bank account as a good faith measure. Perez sent the $1,000, but the sender’s check never cleared the bank. This is called an overpayment scam.
The FTC reports that top employment scams include fake job offers, product forwarding, mystery shopping, and nanny, caregiver, and government services. Most offer the opportunity to work from home.
Red flags include overpaying offers.
Perez cautions anyone faced with a deal that seems too good to be true to consider what makes sense before acting.
“There’s no way the CEO would do the hiring process. For him to send them a thousand dollars, especially to a large corporation, no, I don’t think so,” he said.
Perez later learned that the cannabis business didn’t even exist in Colorado.
The FTC advises to do a Google search for companies that post jobs online. Include the word “scam” in the search. Don’t expect to pay to apply for a job, and never trust checks that your bank won’t clear.
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