The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has received over 100 recent scam complaints linked to COVID-19, in an April 2, 2020 story. (File photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Job scam reports on the rise in 2023, says Better Business Bureau

Job scams are on the rise in 2023, according to the Better Business Bureau.

In the first three months of the year, the BBB’s scam tracker received reported job scam losses of nearly $840,000, which is up 250 per cent compared to the same time last year.

“Employment scams have risen sharply with much of this activity taking place online with criminals targeting individuals in a ruse to offer employment with the actual motivation being to steal cash and personal information,” said Mary O’Sullivan-Andersen, president and CEO of BBB serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay.

“Don’t be fooled by these scammers. Always verify the business you’re dealing with, be extremely cautious with personal information like bank accounts, and when in doubt find a number for the company and call the human resources department to further verify there is a real job being offered and not a scam.”

BBB offers the following tips for job seekers:

  • Research companies offering jobs at
  • Find a number on the business’ website and call to confirm the job or offer is real.
  • Check the email address to ensure that it is connected to the company and not a personal email address.
  • Be cautious providing personal information to unverified recruiters and online applications.
  • Never pay for a job.

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