BBB TIPS: A job opportunity scam to watch out for

Marjorie Stephens is the president/CEO of Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Indiana.(ARCHIVE)

This list is current as of March of 2018. Readers should take into consideration the importance of the practice in question and the total performance of the company.

Looking for a job?

Better Buy Some iTunes Gift Cards. A job opportunity found online at PVH Inc. After participating in a 3-hour online interview, the job seeker was instructed to purchase $100 in iTunes gift cards. The gift cards were needed to download programs on Apple computers that were to be shipped to the job seeker.

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Lesson Learned: This is not a legitimate job opportunity. (Also, the actual PVH Inc. is a clothing company.)

Credit Card with 0% interest!

A non-Visa credit card owner received an automated call about her Visa account. According to the message, because she doesn’t have any issues with her Visa account, she is eligible for the 0% interest offer. All she had to do was dial “1” to talk to a representative.

Lesson Learned: If a telemarketer calls you with an incredible offer, have them send you it by mail or email. That way, you can verify the company’s address and history with the Better Business Bureau.

Want to buy my car? Let me send you family photos

An online advertisement listed a Hummer for sale. The seller, who would only communicate via email, is selling the vehicle because he owes back taxes. The interested buyer received a follow-up email which included a contract, how-to instructions for purchasing the vehicle, and pictures of the seller’s family.

Lesson Learned: Any time someone limits their communication to email should act as a red flag. Hopefully, there wasn’t any spyware linked to those photos, which can be triggered with a single click.

Phishing Reported Coming from a Pastor

A scammer created an email address to mislead a church member as its pastor. The email requested a transfer of funds (via overnight check or bank wire). The imposter stated that he would be very busy, but would explain the reason for the $38,350 request later.

Lesson Learned: When receiving a suspicious email and especially from someone you know, pick up the phone and call them. With email spoofing technology, it is simple for con artists to impersonate legitimate emails and organizations.

Red Flag Challenge

Refer to the email image below and see if you can figure out the red flag. Answer: The email listed ( is a dead giveaway that this email is fraudulent.

An email supposedly from Google said there were broken messages. The consumer clicked on a link to view the broken messages, which took him to a website. The website claimed his iPad was locked due to illegal activity and instructed him to call Apple Care’s head office by using the number provided.

When he called, they wanted to get on his computer to fix the problem and have him pay for their services through PayPal.

The consumer not only paid for their protection service but provided identifying information. When he saw his money went to the iTunes App Store, he realized he had been scammed.

Lesson Learned: For starters, Google will not contact you in regards to errors on your computer and nor will Apple be involved. Should you have problems with your computer, turn off the internet and take your computer to a local, reputable, computer specialist. Visit for suggestions.

Marjorie Stephens is president/CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Northern Indiana. Before you make a purchase, go to the BBB website at or call 423-4433 or toll-free 1-800-552-4631 to check out a business.