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BBB warns about phony Amazon job ad

The BBB calls this a "new twist on an employment scam."

The Better Business Bureau is warning about fake job ads that invite people to apply for a job at Amazon, but they have to buy an "enrollment kit" first.

The scam works by leaving voicemail messages for people saying that Amazon is hiring dozens of people to list products online, post reviews and do other work for the website. The position is advertised to pay well, anything from $20 an hour to $6,000 a month, and it tells the people it targets they can work from home.

Scammers use website names like Amazon Cash Website, StockRetail.com and WebStoreJobs.com.

Once people pay the $200, the scammer will vanish.

The BBB offers these ways to spot an employment scam:

  • Be cautious of any job that asks you to share personal information or hand over money. Scammers will often use the guise of running a credit check, setting up direct deposit, or paying for training.
  • Check the business's website. Scammers frequently post jobs using the names of real companies such as Amazon to lend legitimacy to their cons. Check on the business's website for the position and/or call to confirm.
  • Work at home at your own pace. Always be wary of work from home opportunities that are riddled with testimonials. Often the suggestion of real success is misleading. Suggesting that few hours and limited work will make one successful is a red flag.
  • If a job looks suspicious, search for it online. If the result comes up in other cities with the exact same job post, it is likely a scam. In this scam, a designated number of jobs are available and applicants need to act quickly. This high-pressure tactic is another red flag.

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