June 29, 2018
Job and Employment Scams
Its all over the news and social media, job and employment scams are real. Job and employment scams trick you into handing over money or private personal information, they do this by offering you a ‘Guaranteed’ way to make lots of money together with their pictures on social media holding loads of cash or an offering a high-paying job for little to no effort at all.
How do they do it?
Scammers usually contact you via email, phone call or a text message, and most of the time via social media like Facebook. Ask you to meet them or follow a specific set of instructions, below are examples of their schemes:
They will give you an offer for an employment opportunity with an actual company for an unrealistically high salary for the type of job offered. Then they would, legitimately give you a job but would refuse to pay you for some or all of your work with excuses that what you worked on was not up to the company standards.
They would ask you to buy a product from them which you can sell for triple the amount, or assemble a product using materials that you buy from the ‘employer’ which they call a ‘starter kit’. Unfortunately, what you get with the ‘starter kit’ are fake products which no one would ever buy.
Others would require you to attend a seminar for a minimal fee which they would call an ‘initial investment’ and they hand you a ‘business plan’ with instructions on how you can get other people to join the scheme.
And on many occasions, they would entice you with a job that only requires you to enjoy Facebook and you’ll be earning thousands of pesos of course with photos posted on social media to prove it.
Another type of job opportunity scam is where they would ask you to use you bank account to receive and pass on payments for a local or foreign company. These scammers offer you for a percentage commission for each payment you pass on. This is likely a form of money laundering scheme, which is a criminal offence.
Here are some tell tale signs of a Scam brewing
You come across the offer an advertisement on social media, via an email, phone call or text message offering you a guaranteed income or job.
The offer claim lots of money can be made with little to no effort using your personal computer or mobile phone.
The message is not personally addressed to you.
The message would ask you to provide personal details, or a fee for more information about the job or start-up materials.
No valid business address, only a post office box, an email address or social media account.
They would ask you to transfer money on behalf of someone else.
Protect yourself at all times
Be suspicious of unsolicited or even solicited ‘work from home’ opportunities or job offers, especially those with ‘guaranteed income’ or require you to pay an upfront fee. If the job involves making or selling a product or service, do you research and find out if there is really a market for it. Ask for references from others who have done the work or used the product. Never deal with an employer or company that does not have a street address. Why? Because they can be difficult to contact or trace. Avoid any arrangement with a stranger that would ask to meet up, ask for up-front payment via money order, wire transfer, international funds transfer.
We encourage you to report scams to the local government authorities like the PNP or NBI.
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