BBB warns of employment scams

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 10:44am

Louisiana's jobless rate is 7.5 percent, not the highest in the country, but a number that still leaves thousands of people scouring the classifieds every day. That means a bigger base of potential targets for scammers. The Better Business Bureau is warning of several such scams, especially online.

The BBB says if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. "Normally what they want is they want you to send them money or they want you to give them personal information," said Andy Fischer, President of the Ark-La-Tex BBB. From there, potential scammers can hack into banking or credit accounts.

Another typical scam asks the job hopeful to send an upfront check for books or training supplies. "The BBB has found, almost all of these are some kind of scam. They're just not what they say they are," said Fischer.

For a full list of warning signs and how to report a scam, check out the website. http://

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