Feb 29, 2016 6:11 PM

NH1 News Investigates Students Scammed: Email targets college kids with easy work


Here's a warning for college students looking for jobs.

The Better Business Bureau says scammers are targeting you, and here’s how it works.

Emails are blasted out to college accounts. They claim they’re hiring for positions that don’t require a lot of experience and allow you to choose your own hours so the work doesn’t interfere with your classes.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?

If you reply to the email, you’ll be offered a non-existent job right off the bat – or you may go through a brief interview via email or online chat first.

You’ll then get a check in the mail for your first so-called assignment. You’re instructed to keep part of it and share the rest with other scam agents.

The check doesn’t clear.

If that’s not a big waving red flag, here are some other signs that the offers aren’t legit.

The jobs in the email have generic titles like “caregiver” or “customer service representative.” The descriptions are equally vague like “work from home.” That’s so they can appeal to a wider range of targets.

As a precaution, search for the job online. And check the company’s website. Some of these scammers will use the names of real and sometimes well-known companies.

This last one is critical: Don’t share personal information. Scammers will pretend they need it to run a background check and can use that information to steal your identity.

If in doubt, delete the email.

If you think you’ve been scammed – call your bank, credit card companies and the credit reporting bureaus.

Also, call your local police.

Once you’ve done that, we want to hear from you. Reach out to us on NH1.com or our social media pages.


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