After nearly two years of remote work, companies are beginning to require employees to return to the office. Scammers have begun targeting those who long to keep working from home.
Allstate Identity Protection’s Identity Fraud in Focus quarterly report found that 17% of adults have either seen job postings or were actually contacted about remote jobs that just didn’t pass the smell test. A survey of 2,200 American adults also found that workers between the ages of 18 and 34 were the most targeted.
Scammers almost always look for new opportunities. With surveys showing many employees would rather keep working from home than resume the daily commute, bad actors are busy making up dream jobs that can be done from home.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has counted nearly 21,600 fake business and job opportunities in just the second quarter of 2022. The estimated losses reached $86 million.
So how can you identify one of these fake job offers?
“A fraudster may pretend to be from a reputable company and set up a phony interview over instant message,” says Doug Kaplan, senior vice president of operations at Allstate Identity Protection. “A job seeker can be offered a position on the spot and asked to pay for work-related supplies upfront. Once a victim sends the money, it’s gone forever.”
In that scenario, there are three distinct red flags:
Legitimate businesses don’t conduct job interviews by instant…