AARP Scam Alert: Employment fraud hasn’t gone away

When it comes to the job market, the supply of jobs outstrips the demand, but that doesn’t mean employment fraud has gone away. Just because there are more job vacancies than job seekers doesn’t mean criminals have closed shop. With many Americans looking for a side hustle to make ends meet, or an opportunity to make more money or work remotely, there are still plenty of potential victims to push these schemes.

Here’s what you need to know to avoid employment fraud. Beware of any job that offers a lot of income with little to no training or experience. Business offers that are guaranteed to “pay off quickly” or “double your investment” are also highly suspect. Finally, avoid any job offers that require you to pay upfront for certification, training, or materials.

Many of these employment scams are advertised as “work at home” jobs, which is especially dangerous since so many people are looking for these opportunities. Before you agree to work from home, do your homework and make sure the company you’re agreeing to work for is actually legitimate.

Be a fraud fighter! If you can spot a scam, you can stop the scam.

Visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network at or call the AARP Fraud Hotline at 1-877-908-3360.

Need a fraud prevention speaker for your group? Go to or call 1-866-554-5380.

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