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BBB: Job scams surge during pandemic

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — As many businesses continue to hire during the pandemic, one organization says scams involving the job market are on the rise.

A new study from the Better Business Bureau found employment scams are on the rise in the job market. People ages 25-34 have been the most common target of the scam, according to the BBB.

As unemployment benefits are set to come to an end, some experts believe there will be more employment-related scams.

“The BBB report found that job scams most commonly victimized people ages 25-34, with women filing 67% of complaints about the fraud,” says Dennis Horton, director of the Rockford Regional Office of the Better Business Bureau. “Millions of people are exposed annually with the median financial loss reported by victims being $1,000.”

The BBB is warning job seekers to verify employment offers to avoid illegal jobs, identity theft, and fake checks resulting from these scams. Con artists are branching out into even more types of job scams.

“Be especially careful with online job boards,” advises Horton. “Many job scams, for example, promise consumers a well-paying job, often working from home, if they pay upfront for training, materials, or equipment.”

The BBB says identity theft is a common outcome of job scams.

To read the BBB's full study, click here.

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