Employment Scams are on the rise

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Today the Better Business Bureau held a workshop discussing employment scams at Hollins Library off of Peters Creek Road. It’s all part of the BBB’s community outreach programs to help inform the public of recent findings when it comes to fraudulent scams.

Employment scams affect people of all age groups according to the Better Business Bureau. With an average monetary loss of more than $1,000 for each victim. Employment scams target age groups 18-24 and 45-54 year-olds.

“…now we use means we didn’t use to use. We’re on the internet, we’re looking at emails that come in we’re looking at ads that pop up in our social media feeds, and we’re clicking on links that may or may not be legitimate.”

Julie Wheeler – President & CEO Better Business Bureau

The rapid rise of employment scams fit within the growing “gig” economy, which are more flexible employment opportunities that many are hungry for.

“If it seems to good to be true, you know… if you can work from home, not pay anything and make big money. I can garanty you, you’re not going to do any of the above.”

Julie Wheeler – President & CEO Better Business Bureau

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