How to avoid a job scam in the United States?

Learn how job scams work, how to protect yourself, and how to report these types of scams.

Job scams are recurring in the United States through fraudulent job offers and companies. Scammers post vacancy or job search ads on the same sites that real employers do, thus misleading job seekers.

Bogus companies mislead people by claiming they will get them a job. Next, we show you a series of recommendations to avoid falling into these scams:

  • Never send money to employment agencies that "charge upfront" and do not guarantee refunds.
  • Research the company in question, make phone calls to verify job offer information.
  • Don't trust agencies that post work-at-home ads, as they are usually scams.

Some examples of job scams are as follows: Work-at-home scams: These often appear as high-profit jobs selling products in your community, and often scam by demanding training or certification fees

Another type of scam is offered as babysitting jobs, adult jobs, or virtual personal assistants. It is necessary to verify all the available information to rule out that it is a false job proposal.

There are also job placement service scams, undercover buyer scams, government job scams or postal service, among others.

To report this type of practice, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). You can enter the website Or you can call 1-877-382-4357 (press 2 for Spanish).

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