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Never give your So­cial Se­cu­rity num­ber, driver’s li­cense num­ber, bank ac­count num­bers or other sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion. Also be cau­tious of job post­ings that con­tain the fol­low­ing: • State­ments that sound too good to be true. For in­stance, phrases like: “No ex­pe­ri­ence needed,” “un­lim­ited in­come,” “work for one hour, get paid for eight hours.”

• Poor gram­mar and/or mis­spelled words. This can be an in­di­ca­tor of fraud­u­lent com­pa­nies that op­er­ate over­seas.

• Po­si­tions that pro­vide generic in­for­ma­tion or the lack of clear in­for­ma­tion on the ser­vices of­fered.

• Com­pa­nies or agen­cies that refuse to pro­vide ver­i­fi­able ref­er­ences.

• Com­pa­nies or agen­cies of­fer­ing sur­pris­ingly high salaries for the promised job. • Be wary of em­ploy­ers with con­tact e-mail us­ing a con­sumer e-mail do­main such as gmail.com or ya­hoo.com.

• Le­git­i­mate em­ploy­ers and firms don’t ask you to pay for the prom­ise of a job.

• Be aware that scam­ming “em­ploy­ers” of­ten pay with in­cred­i­bly re­al­is­tic fake checks. And use ex­treme cau­tion be­fore part­ing with per­sonal in­for­ma­tion. • Check with your lo­cal con­sumer pro­tec­tion agency, your state at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice and the Bet­ter Busi­ness Bureau

(bbb.org) to see whether any com­plaints have been filed about the com­pany. But you should know that sham com­pa­nies do not keep the same name for long, so they may not be listed with those agen­cies.

• There are a num­ber of good Web sites to learn about job scams, in­clud­ing the Fed­eral Trade Com­mis­sion at ftc.gov/job­scams, bbb.org, RipOf­fRe­port.

com and FakeChecks.org.

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