Thousand Oaks Police Authority Issues Warning about Offered Job Scams
Due to the revealed job scams that continue to victimize ordinary people who want a home-based occupation, the police authority from Thousand Oaks already warned their residents about this latest fraud.
The scammers can easily steal valuable things and money from their victims.
From the latest shared news information online, the police authority from Thousand Oaks warned their residents about the latest job scams that targets people who want to work from home. According from the issued warning statement, the fraudsters send text or email messages to their targets and offering them jobs even without undergoing personal interview.
Based on the investigation of the police authority, the offered job needs to do tasks such as envelop stuffing, home shipper, babysitter or as a personal assistant. An employee starts to complete a job to receive a package and afterwards repackaging it before sending it to a given foreign address, which includes a postage they paid.
Thousand Oaks made the warning about this kind of occupation because the package may contain stolen items and the scammer will not pay the employee, despite completing the task.
“These jobs are part of an elaborate plan to have you assist the criminal enterprise with laundering stolen money or shipping stolen goods,” as stated by the police authority in a news release as quoted by the news online.
It also warns that even the victim can become liable to the criminal activity.
As stated above, the sender or employee does not receive any compensation from the scammer, whether the person works as a home shipper, personal assistant or a babysitter. Moreover, he or she will just involve in an unlawful activity because the scammer use a stolen credit card to purchase the items sent to the foreign address.
From the information shared by CSO Online, the targeted applicants victimize by these kinds of fraud transactions are those coming from websites that recruit people such as the ZipRecruiter. This website allows interested job applicants to send resume A to a particular job offer using the available push button.
Because of this, it is easier for anybody to access the information of the resume A.
In line with, the scammers are also targeting people from different dating sites online and send photos, emails and flowers to grab the interest of their targets, as detailed by the United States Postal Inspection Service.
If a target accepted the offer, he or she has no idea that the package contained stolen items or counterfeit money from overseas.
In line with this issue, the Thousand Oaks Police Department presented some preventive measures on how to avoid dealing with these job scams. These are important to avoid any lawsuit for accepting a criminal job without full knowledge about it.
- Be aware about receiving a paycheck (for advance payment) from a job offer and asking you to deposit the check to your personal bank account.
- Be mindful about job opportunities from a company in other country.
- Never provide personal information to an unknown person
- Visit the website of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Better Business Bureau or State Attorney General to verify the involved company
- Never compensate up-front charges
These are all important preventive measures to consider as shared online.