Online job scams on the rise

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RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – The global pandemic has caused the country to reach a historic rate of unemployment. Forcing many to seek employment opportunities. But before applying online, there are some things you need to be aware of.

“There are a lot of online scams regarding possible job offers. Be very very cautious with providing this information to someone you have not met in person,” said Dolores Salinas from the Better Business Bureau.

Giving personal information like your social security number and bank account information without verifying can make you a target.

Salinas said it is a problem that is happening more often because of the global pandemic.

“The best thing you can do is make sure you verify every single company that’s making you a job offer,” Salinas added.

You can do this by looking up the company on the Better Business Bureau website and most importantly calling your local Texas Workforce Commission to find out if the company does have a job opening.

“Your best bet is to go to the official website of the company to apply,” she explained. “We at the bureau recommend that the consumers take time to check things out. There is a lot of sources out there for employment that are free. You shouldn’t have to pay any money especially at this time when many people are out of work and don’t have money. There’s no need to be out there paying money for information when much of it is free of charge if you just do some research.”

Doing this will prevent you from giving your information to duplicated websites that most often ask you to pay a quote, which is a red flag.

If you have become victim of these crimes the Better Business Bureau encourages you to report it.

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