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BBB: Be on the lookout for secondary scams | Lifestyles

Having a side hustle or a second job can offer big benefits: extra income, flexible hours, maybe even working in your pajamas. The trick, of course, is to find one that is legit. Better Business Bureau Serving Central East Texas warns job seekers to be careful when submitting your resume to an unknown request. BBB has received numerous calls related to fake help-seeking advertisements.

“When money is tight, a second job can seem like the perfect solution to make ends meet, especially in the current economic environment,” said Mechele Agbayani Mills, President and CEO of BBB in the east-central Texas. “It’s important to remember, however, that if your personal information falls into the wrong hands, a scammer can do massive damage.”

Before accepting a position with a potential employer, consider the following:

Does the job sound too good to be true? Any job that promises high pay for little work and little experience is probably not a legitimate opportunity.

Keep an eye out for overpayment scams. All of these scams work the same way – the scammers send the victim a check, which is forged or invalid, and ask the victim to deposit the check and then pass the excess to a person or business. The victim doesn’t realize the check isn’t good until long after they’ve sent payment to the scammer. The check bounces, leaving the victim with less money in their account than when they started.

Protect your information. Make sure you are applying on a secure server and never provide a potential employer with your social security number or bank account information until you have done your homework, passed a proper interview (face to face) and been officially hired. Remember that your personal information is valuable and scammers want it.

Never pay for background checks or drug tests. It’s part of the cost of doing business. If a potential employer asks you to pay for these tests, you will probably never hear from them after receiving your money.

No maintenance? Not legit. If you are offered a position without a formal interview, either face-to-face via videoconference, it is most likely a scam. Beware of employers who hire you on the spot or conduct interviews via text, email or instant messaging services.

Always check with BBB before doing business with a company. For over 100 years, BBB has provided consumers with information so they can make informed decisions about the businesses, brands and charities they can trust. You can view and apply for job openings for accredited companies in East Texas by visiting bbb.org.

BBB is a business-supported non-profit organization that sets and maintains high standards for fair and honest business behavior.

— BBB is a business-supported non-profit organization that sets and maintains high standards for fair and honest business behavior.

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