Fraud and Criminal Activity During COVID-19 Pandemic
A common malpractice that has seen an increase during the last few months has been criminals pretending to be employers and trying to get individuals to send them money.
Criminals will stage actual interviews, and afterwards will request that the individual send money via cash-transferring apps or wire services, claiming the money is for “work supplies.”
NEVER send an “employer” money. A proper place of employment will provide work supplies for no charge, as they are necessary to perform your job duties. If an employer attempts to charge a fee for a job that was listed on AZ Job Connection, please email the details to AZ Job Connection at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Protect Yourself on the Internet
Internet email is NOT a secure method of communication. Any information you send in an unencrypted (unsecured) Internet email message can be read by someone other than the intended recipient. It's like writing the information on a postcard that gets handed from person to person. NEVER send bank account information, credit card numbers, your full Social Security number, or any other sensitive information through the Internet unless you encrypt (protect) your email. To learn about encrypting your email, type "encrypt" into your email's "Help" search box for information and instructions. CAUTION: Typically, Wi-Fi connections are not secure if you are using a public or free Wi-Fi connection. Securing emails from these connections is complex and you are safer not to transmit your personal information through public Wi-Fi connections.
Common Bogus Employment Offers and Tips to Avoid "Taking The Bait"
Be suspicious of any unsolicited email offering employment. Do not open scam or suspicious emails; doing so verifies that your email address is valid and may subject you to more spam or even viruses. Be wary of any employers:
- Who offer you a job without an in-person or telephone interview;
- Who can be contacted only by email and won't provide a mailing address and telephone number;
- Who want to conduct an interview in home settings or in motel rooms;
- Whose business is not either headquartered or has substantial operations in the United States;
- Who are vague about the position and, during the interview, are not willing to specifically describe the position. Be sure to get specific information on salary and benefits, and any other pertinent information in writing, if you are offered a job;
- Who charge a fee to either employ you or find employment for you. Charging a fee is prohibited under the AZ Job Connection Employer Use Policy.
- Do not provide your Social Security number or any other sensitive information to an employer unless the employer has made a written commitment to hire you and doing so is part of the actual hiring orientation.
- Be cautious of exaggerated claims of potential earnings
Common Employment Scams
- Envelope Stuffing Scams:
- At-Home Medical Billing Businesses Scam:
- Check Cashing Scams:
- Reshipping Scams:
- Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) Schemes:
For a small fee, criminals will tell you how to earn money by stuffing envelopes. Promises of big earnings are false.
Criminals charge a fee of hundreds, or even thousands of dollars in exhcange for supposed items needed to launch a medical billing business.
An individual will be sent a check to deposit into an account via a wire transfer. Often times the checks are fake and the individual is the one who may get in trouble.
Criminals will ship products to an individual for them to reship in exchange for money, and the individual unknowingly ships stolen products.
Also known as pyramid schemes. These scams focus on getting as many people as possible to sell a product, and individuals will often lose money.
More Information on Internet Fraud and Scams
See the links below for more information on Internet frauds and scams: