If You're Out of Work, Don't Fall for a Phony Job Offer

The rise in layoffs has created fertile ground for employment-related scams.

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Reports of job-related scams to the Better Business Bureau more than doubled in 2023 from a year earlier, according to data from the organization’s Scam Tracker, an online tool that allows consumers and businesses to report fraud and fraud attempts. Meanwhile, the Federal Trade Commission logged reports of more than 107,000 fraudulent business and job opportunities in 2023, with losses of about $491 million. 

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Sandra Block
Senior Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Block joined Kiplinger in June 2012 from USA Today, where she was a reporter and personal finance columnist for more than 15 years. Prior to that, she worked for the Akron Beacon-Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. In 1993, she was a Knight-Bagehot fellow in economics and business journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has a BA in communications from Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va.