The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning of a spike in job scams in Illinois as people return to the workforce.
And with some pandemic-related benefit programs scheduled to end soon, officials said they’re worried the problem could “get even worse.”
A recent report indicated people ages 25-to-34 are the most common targets of the operation, with a median financial loss reported by victims of $1,000.
Steve Bernas, president and CEO of the BBB in Chicago and Northern Illinois said the scammers are taking the time, not just making the call and asking you for your information, they’re actually going through an interview process on Zoom or another source so people are thinking, ‘This has to be real.’”
The BBB said many consumers who have been scammed have posted some type of personal information on well-known job sites, which gives fraudsters a head-start.
He advised consumers to do homework on any potential employer.