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Job scams targeting college students are getting personal

Lesley Fair
If you’ll be seeing college-age relatives over the holidays, warn them about a variation on the “job interview” scam that students looking for summer or permanent employment have reported to us.
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Job scam targeting influencers

Larissa Bungo
Did you get a message from a “brand ambassador manager” for a national company wanting to pay you to promote their products online? It could be a scam…but how will you know?
Consumer Alert

Vetting a business or coaching opportunity before you buy in

Alvaro Puig
The FTC charged that a business opportunity and coaching scheme bilked consumers out of tens of millions of dollars. The scheme grew on the back of baseless claims about how much money customers could
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Scammers are hijacking job ads. Here’s how to spot the fakes

Gema de las Heras
Scammers are taking outdated ads from real employers, changing them, and posting them on employment websites and career-oriented platforms like Indeed or LinkedIn. The modified ads seem to be real job
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Investment scam targeting WeChat groups

Tiffany Smedley
A so-called investment opportunity reportedly took the social media platform WeChat by storm — and stole millions from the Chinese community in the U.S. A flurry of social media posts urged people to
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You got the job!

Seena Gressin
You got the job! Work from home and earn top dollar. They already sent you a big check to buy supplies. (“Send us whatever is left, probably around $1,000,” they said.) If your alarm bells are
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Looking for a job? Scammers might be looking for you

Colleen Tressler
Recent layoffs in industries like the tech sector have scammers fine-tuning their approaches to take advantage. They may advertise jobs online, sometimes setting up fake websites, or look for targets
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Let’s talk about scams that target Latinos

Rosario Méndez
Tomorrow begins Hispanic Heritage Month — a time to honor all that Latinos and their culture bring to this country. At the FTC, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by providing tools and information
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Celebrate Disability Pride, avoid scams

Terri Miller
July is Disability Pride Month — a time to celebrate the proud identities, contributions, and culture of 40.8 million people with disabilities in the U.S. It’s when we recognize how the Americans with
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Job hunting? Look out for phony job postings

Gema de las Heras
Scammers are using the names of well-known employers to post job openings that don’t exist. The purpose? Tricking you into sending them personal information or money upfront to get the job. The phony