We're heading towards the end of 2023 and there is another scam that is circulating for younger people to keep their eyes open for here in Montana. This is a scam not involving porch pirates, or targeting the elderly or stealing checks from the mail. This is a scam that is ingenious in the way it takes advantage of younger people and they are very willing to give over their personal information for what may seem like a legitimate reason.

Montana Young People Need to be Aware of These Scams

There was a recent post on Intsagram alerting people to this latest scam. It is targeting people who are looking for jobs. See below:

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More Young Adults Fall for Employment Scams Than Any Others

According to the Better Business Bureau, they have seen an uptick in these scams among people aged 18 to 24 years old.  Over 29% of scams that are being reported by this age group are "Employment Scams".

The top 10 scams most reported by this age group are:

  1. Employment Scams
  2. Online Purchases
  3. Cryptocurrency
  4. Rental
  5. Investment
  6. Fake check or money order
  7. Phishing
  8. Romance
  9. Advance fee loan
  10. Credit repair/debt relief

Here are Some Ways to Protect Yourself Montana

Sometimes it is the simple things that will help protect you from scams. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The Better Business Bureau has a few tips on how to protect yourself from "Employment Scams".

  1. Always do background research on a job offer. Go to the company's website and look for the job listings.
  2. Watch out for vague job descriptions. Vague job descriptions have a tendency to attract more people to try to scam.
  3. Be wary of fake check scams. Scammers often ask for you to transfer money from a check to a different person. By the time you find out the check is a fraud, it is too late.

Most scams make me angry, but it is scams like this that especially make me mad. When someone is trying to work and trying to find a job and they get taken advantage of, that is an extra level of low.

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