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Five top tips to avoid employment scams

Employment scams rang in as the fifth riskiest scam in 2022, according to the BBB Canadian Risk Report. On average, 1 out of 8 people who encountered the scam ended up falling for it and becoming a victim (12.5%), with $3000 in median losses.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Mainland BC and Yukon shares the case of an international student in Vancouver who was hired as a remote data operator in December 2022 by a scammer posing as an employer at an established Canadian media company. The student was provided an employment contract and asked to share government-issued ID, proof of address, bank statements and banking information for payroll. The student paid for work equipment, expecting to be reimbursed. When the reimbursement cheques started bouncing back, the student ended up finding out that the job was not real, and neither was the recruiter!

Aaron Guillen, Media and Communications Specialist, BBB serving Mainland BC and Yukon, says that while this company was hiring, this particular job was fake!

“Our Investigations Specialist found that there was more than one incident where a job-seeker was lured into this same hiring ad and counterfeit website combo. It’s so unfortunate to hear about this kind of story, because this student was trying to make some income with a part-time job and they were thrown for a loop with this scam,” he says.

Here are BBB’s top five tips to avoid employment scams:

Be wary of job offers that don’t require an interview. If a job offer is presented without an interview or meeting you in person, question the company’s hiring practices and do a little more digging. If you use a separate email address when applying for jobs, you can avoid fake offers from scam employers you did not contact.


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Source: Canadian Immigrant, 25 mai 2023

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