September 16, 2021

Employment scams have increased during COVID-19 pandemic

A Milwaukee man said he lost $2,400 to a work-at-home job scam in January.

The Milwaukee man told the Better Business Bureau that he posted his resume online and received an email for a position as a gift wrapper and shipper.

He was told by the new employer that FedEx had misplaced his packages. He would need to make a claim with FedEx for missing goods.

“I had to send two money orders of $1,200 each for 2 missing packages and they were supposed to reimburse me on my check,” the man told the BBB. “I lost $2,400.

As unemployment rose and more people sought to work from home during the pandemic, job scams increased, according to a new report from the Better Business Bureau.

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