If it sounds too good to be true, unfortunately, it usually is.   The Better Business Bureau is warning residents of an Amazon job scam.

It starts with a phone call letting you know that Amazon is hiring for a bunch of new positions including people to list products online, do product reviews, and other things on the website. They promise you can do the work from home and you’ll make thousands of dollars per week doing this job.

They then send you to a website to fill out an application.  Once you do the application the scammers then tell you that you’ll have to purchase an “enrollment kit” for $200.

WAIT, STOP, HOLD UP!

That’s the instant sign of a scam, you have to pay money to apply for a job! C’mon by now we know even the modeling recruiters are scammers when they ask for $500 for headshots. So, of course, Amazon wants $200 to get you a job… IT'S A SCAM!

I don't know about you, but usually, when I'm looking for a job, it's not because I have extra money to pay to apply for a better job.  And isn't the idea of a job for them to pay YOU... not the other way around?

Anyway, you send the $200 and then you never hear from them again. If you get a call or voicemail about an Amazon job or any other big retailer hiring, be very cautious.

A few more tips to "avoid being scammed," from the BBB.org:

  • 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.

 

 

SOURCE:  BBB.org