The art of fraud these days is to customize the pitch to the moment. And in this moment, millions of Americans are seeking jobs. The result: a surge in frauds linked to jobs and hiring. We talked with Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser about how to spot scams when searching for work.
1. Many people are trying to get back to work. Is that a moment of vulnerability for them?
Scammers know how desperate people are for work right now. So they are taking advantage of that and posting bogus job ads. One key thing I'll say up front: If you have to pay money for a job application, or someone asks for access to your bank account or for payment through a prepaid card to apply, just walk away. It's fraudulent.
2. COVID-19 has forced many people to look for jobs in the gig economy. Any guidance?
Just be sensible. If somebody offers you big bucks for some simple work, ask yourself why. Jobs that don't require much effort, skill or experience aren't likely to make you rich; if they claim otherwise, it's more likely to be a scam. Related to that, never agree to be paid to forward packages or money for someone you don't know. They may well be involved in criminal activity.