Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is highlighting a warning from the Federal Trade Commission on work-at-home scams.
“As Floridians are continuing to deal with the financial effects of COVID-19 and looking for ways to earn extra money, work-at-home scams have become more relevant recently. It’s unconscionable that scammers are exploiting these times of uncertainty to prey on people who are looking for work, but it is important for Floridians to stay vigilant, never give out your personal or financial information to businesses you do not trust, and report suspected scams immediately at FraudFreeFlorida.com,” says Patronis.
His office released four tips on how to avoid work-at-home scams:
1. Research the business
You’re urged to visit the website of any company that claims to be hiring to ensure that they are truly hiring.
2. Don’t pay upfront fees
Patronis’ office says no legitimate job offer will require any out-of-pocket expenses from a potential employees for background checks, credit reports, or administrative fees.
3. Watch for overpayment scenarios
Patronis’ office says this is a common trick used by scammers. They’re urging you to be cautious if a company promises you great opportunities or big income as long as you pay for coaching, training, certifications or directories. His office also warns that no legitimate job would overpay an employee and ask for money to be wired elsewhere.
4. Be wary of the ‘perfect offer’
You’re advised to be cautious of any job postings with extremely high pay for short hours or minimum required experience. Additionally, on-the-spot offers should raise some alarms.
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