How to Report a Job Scam

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There are more job and employment Internet scams each and every day. Scammers try to fraudulently get you to wire money or collect your personal information, or attempt any one of a variety of other job scams designed to take advantage of job hunters seeking to find employment online.

For example, you might be told that you will receive $490 per week. Then you receive another email saying that there was a mistake and the company accidentally sent you $3,200. When you receive the check, you're supposed to wire the rest of the money to someone else—a typical attempt to get you to part with your money. The check from the company won't clear, and you'll have already wired the money to a third party.​

This is only one example of the many ways scammers prey on people seeking employment. Some of these scams are complicated and it can be easy to think they are legitimate. What should you do if you've been scammed or almost scammed? Here's how to report a scam, including where and how to report an employment scam.

How to Report a Scam

File a Report With the Internet Crime Complaint Center
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The Internet Crime Complaint Center accepts online Internet crime complaints. In order to file a report, you'll need to provide the following information:

  • Your name, mailing address, and telephone number.
  • The name, address, telephone number, and web address, if available, of the individual or organization you believe defrauded you.
  • Specific details on how, why, and when you believe you were defrauded.

File a Report With the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, collects complaints about companies, business practices, and identity theft.

Report the Company to the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
Enter the company name or the web site into the Better Business Bureau search box to find out whether there have been complaints and whether the company has an unsatisfactory record with the Bureau. You can file your own complaint online.

Report a Fraudulent Website to Google
If you believe you've encountered a website that is designed to look like a legitimate website in an attempt to steal users' personal information, here's to report it to Google.