As job losses and financial troubles continue to be issues in this economy, online employment scams are popping up across the web. Promising alluring opportunities, such as work from home positions and get rich quick schemes, these scams pray on the vulnerabilities of desperate job seekers. While there are ways to avoid these scams, if you are the victim of a job scam or have discovered one, there are steps you should take to report the incident.
The first step to reporting an online employment scam is filing a complaint with the Internet Crime Complain Center (IC3) (http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx). The IC3 is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National White Collar Crime Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. To file a complaint with the IC3 you will need the following information:
- Your Name
- Your Mailing Address
- Your Telephone Number
- The name, address, telephone number, and web address (if available) of the organization you believe defrauded you
- Specific details on when and why you were defrauded
- Any other relevant information to support your complaint
After filing a complaint with the IC3, you can also file complaints with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) (http://www.bbb.org/us/) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (http://www.ftc.gov/). The Better Business Bureau keeps a list of BBB accredited business as well as those that have complaints against them, while the Federal Trade Commission is dedicated to protecting American consumers. Both organizations allow victims of employment scams to file complaints online.
To file a complaint with the FTC: https://www.FTCComplaintAssistant.gov/
To file a complaint with the BBB: https://odr.bbb.org/odrweb/public/getstarted.aspx