PHOENIX – The Arizona Attorney General’s Office is warning Arizonans to beware of work-from-home opportunities. Job seekers are advised to properly verify that the opportunities are legitimate rather than scams by opportunists.
According to the Attorney General’s Office, “scammers frequently take advantage of major events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, by using the resulting economic distress to steal money and personal information from consumers.”
The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) says it is aware of scams in Arizona attempting to take advantage of Arizonans by posting fake work-from-home jobs.
Work-from-home scams target your money and your information, according to the AGO. The supposed “employer” may post on social media or career websites, conduct interviews, and may appear legitimate on first impression. After initial contact, they likely will ask you to send money to purchase training, software, or merchandise that they claim you will need to be employed by them. Alternatively, they may send you a fraudulent check and then ask you to purchase something for them or to route money somewhere else.
If you are considering a work-from-home position, the AGO urges you to watch for these common red flags:
● Asking for money to pay for a background check, starter-kit, software, membership, training, or “discounted” merchandise.
● Asking you to move or accept money on behalf of the “employer” or someone else.
● Offering high pay for little work.
● Not requiring or recommending any experience or skills.
● Promising you will earn a lot of money fast.
● Extremely short or no interview.
● Seeking financial/account information as a pre-condition for an interview or employment.
Here are some tips to help discern real opportunities from scams:
● Research the company and the job.
● If a company appears legitimate or uses a logo that you recognize, go to that company’s website directly to see if the job is advertised on the careers or employment page.
● Independently locate and speak with someone at the company before an interview.
● Ask detailed questions about the job, employer, management, and pay structure.
The Attorney General’s Office recently launched a COVID-19 webpage dedicated to providing consumers with the latest information on COVID-19 scams and frauds.
If you believe you have been the victim of consumer fraud, you can file a consumer complaint by visiting the Attorney General’s website. If you need a complaint form sent to you, you can contact the Attorney General’s Office in Phoenix at (602) 542-5763, in Tucson at (520) 628-6648, or outside the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas at (800) 352-8431.