Scammers often target job seekers and prospective entrepreneurs with bogus employment and money-making offers. We know that because the FTC has investigated and stopped many of them. But scammers are a relentless breed and continue to make deceptive pitches in online ads, on job websites, and on social media platforms. Knowing some of the red flags can help you spot these scams.

Job scams come in a variety of guises. Some fraudsters falsely claim to offer the inside track on executive positions, mystery shopper assignments, careers with the government, or jobs selling products. Others sell job listings or placement services that turn out to be worthless.

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