BRISTOL - It sounds like the perfect job: work at home, make thousands of dollars a month, and work for a huge corporation that is constantly expanding.
This new twist on an old employment scam is seeking to fool victims into paying hundreds of dollars for a job at Amazon that doesn’t exist.
The Better Business Bureau has reported that reports to its Scam Tracker website about this con have increased steadily this summer, including a few from Connecticut.
“It looks like the two scam submissions that we have are from Stratford and Eastford,” said Luke Frey, communications director for the BBB’s Connecticut bureau. “But that is only the people who have submitted on Scam Tracker.”
The real Amazon is expected to open a Bristol delivery station this week in an existing building at 71 Horizon Drive, in the Route 229 Technology Park and is taking applications to fill numerous positions, mostly “warehouse fulfillment associates” with pay starting at $12.50 an hour. The company held a hiring event at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in mid-August.
Scammers take advantage of people by leaving a voicemail message with an invitation to apply for a job at Amazon, according to the BBB.
Allegedly, the online retailer is hiring dozens of people to list products online, post review, and do other website work. The supposed position pays well - targets report anything from $20 an hour to $6,000 a month - and you can work from home.
Scammers use the names Amazon Cash Website(s), StockRetail.com and WebStoreJobs.com.
According to BBB Scam Tracker reports, new employees have to purchase a $200 ‘enrollment kit before they can start work. If you pay up, though, the scammer will vanish, BBB reports.
BBB offers the following advice on how to spot a job scam:
nBe cautious of any job that asks you to share personal information or hand over money before you even start the position. Scammers will often use the guise of running a credit check, setting up direct deposit, paying for training, or paying for expensive equipment and supplies to use while working from home. Be careful if a company promises you great opportunities or high income as long as you pay for coaching, training, certifications or directories.
nScammers frequently post jobs using the names of real companies such as Amazon to lend legitimacy to their cons. Check on the business website for the position and/or call to confirm.
nWork-from-home and secret shopper positions or any job with a generic title such as caregiver, administrative assistant or customer service rep are always more likely to be scams. Positions that don’t require special training or licensing appeal to a wide range of applicants making the scam easier to implement. Scammers know this and use these otherwise legitimate titles in their fake ads.
nBe wary of quick response from the “hiring manager,” often with a job offer and no interview. A legitimate recruiter will provide you with a complete contract for the position without cost to you.
nIf the result comes up in other cities with the same job post, it is likely a scam. In this scam, a designated number of jobs are available and applicants need to act quickly. This high-pressure tactic is another red flag.
For more about scams, visit . To report a scam, go to .
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.