Scam alert: Do not apply for this fake Amazon work-from-home job

June 7, 2018 by meganmertz2289

Mike Timmermann,

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

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:

Amazon job scam alert: 816-281-9811
Do not answer a call from this number!

There were other red flags. For example, Amazon’s official website for job applicants is, 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. 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 

Fake Amazon jobs site

Real 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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