October 20, 2021
Business

BBB Scam Alert: Pet sitting job offers may be too good to be true

Scammers have been using employment scams to trick people out of their personal information and money for years. These scams often target students or others looking for part-time jobs. Recently, BBB Scam Tracker has seen multiple reports of a tempting employment scam that appears to be a friendly family looking for a pet sitter.

How the Scam Works

A very polite-seeming person contacts you through social media, a legitimate job website, or your student email with what sounds like an excellent job offer. First, the person tries to earn your trust by sharing a lot of personal information, such as their name, age, pets’ names, and job. Then, they give you a long story about how they are moving to your area and will need a pet sitter immediately. They…

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