Mike Timmermann, Clark.com
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.
Job scam alert: Beware this Amazon 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 .org web address that was mentioned in the call.
Another warning sign: The bogus site says workers can make $500 a day by working just a couple hours.
Clark.com has shared many real work-from-home job postings from Amazon in the past. The company’s starting wage for customer service representatives is generally around $12 an hour.
Fake Amazon jobs site
Real Amazon jobs site
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 FlexJobsrecommends 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 more about legitimate job opportunities 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!
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