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Oct 7, 2013 1:52 PM by Olivia Blanchard (photo courtesy; MGN online)

Better Business Bureau warns Acadiana residents of "work at home" scam

The Better Business Bureau of Acadiana is alerting residents to be on the alert for check scams operating as "work-at-home" job offers.

BBB has recently received several phone calls from concerned job seekers reporting they received unsolicited job offers in the mail that included a check and forms to fill out and return in order to begin working a high-paid "job" from home. These companies often get resumes from real job sites to operate the scam with people known to be searching for employment. They often even go as far as to conduct phone "interviews" to further the scam.

Multiple consumers were asked to deposit the check, use some of the cash to buy needed employment "supplies," then wire a large portion of the cash back to the scam company or a third party.

In any case, the checks are fake and leave consumers financially responsible for the entire amount of the deposited fake check plus non-sufficient fund (NSF) fees charged by banks.

To avoid these and other similar scams the BBB offers the following tips:
· Verify that checks received in the mail are real.
· Do not wire money until the check clears the bank
* Exercise Caution on the web. When using social networking sites like Facebook and online employment sites such as Craigslist, be sure to check the actual Web site of the company posting the position to verify it actually exists.
* Protect Personal Information. Job seekers should never provide their social security number or birth date until they have verified the position is legitimate.

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