Scammers are using Amazon’s name to target people who may be interested in stay-at-home jobs.
A woman dialed up Clark Howard’s Consumer Action Center (CAC), a free call-in help line, to ask about a recorded message she received for a work-at-home job opportunity.
The message said she could work using her computer for Amazon and directed her to a website at amzjobs.org.
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Amazon scam alert: Don’t fall for this work-from-home pitch
Our Team Clark volunteer told the caller that this was NOT a legitimate Amazon job listing and suggested that she never pick up the phone if she doesn’t recognize the number.
The recorded message came from the phone number 816-281-9811. We called it and got this fraud alert:
There were other red flags. For example, Amazon’s official website for job applicants is Amazon.jobs, not the amzjobs.org web address that was mentioned in the call.
Since this article was first published, Team Clark has learned about similar job scams. People are receiving calls from multiple phone numbers that are directing them to bogus websites.
Do not visit these websites or give them any of your personal information:
Another warning sign: The website that Clark.com visited said that workers will make $500 or more per day by working just a couple of hours. That’s a huge red flag!
Team Clark has shared many real work-from-home job postings from Amazon in the past. The company’s starting wage for customer service representatives has been around $12 an hour.
In November 2018, Amazon increased its minimum wage to $15 an hour. Read more here.
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Searching for a remote job online? Keywords to use and avoid
If you’re looking for a remote job, this is just a reminder that scams are everywhere! That’s why the job search website FlexJobs recommends that you avoid using “work-at-home” and “work-from-home” in search engines.
Instead, try keywords that scammers are less likely to use, such as telecommuting, virtual and remote job.
Although FlexJobs is a paid subscription site, you may want to consider a short-term subscription ($14.95/month) because the service filters out all the junk postings — no scams!
Read about legit remote jobs in Clark’s Work From Home Guide!
Clark’s Consumer Action Center is a FREE help line available Monday-Thursday 10am -7pm ET and Friday 10am-4pm ET. We’re here to empower you with consumer advice and education to help you resolve your money problems. Call Team Clark Howard at 404-892-8227!