WA ScamNet warns about a new employment scam trying to trick people looking for flexible work conditions, such as working from home. The fake offer includes easy employment online, no experience needed, and the added benefit of working from home. To secure this “opportunity,” one is asked to perform various tasks online (write a review, shop) and invest in cryptocurrency.
In just three months, WA ScamNet received 20 reports of this type of employment scam with financial losses totaling around $510,000. The largest individual loss reported to WA ScamNet at Consumer Protection was $194,151, with the lowest being $350.
How the scam works:
Be suspicious of any stranger who offers you a job out of the blue on social media or email, and never pay or invest to secure employment. Another red flag is when those approaching you know too much about you. It means your data is to be found somewhere on the internet where it shouldn’t be, and they are using it to target you.
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