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Consumer Watchdog: BBB says summer job hunters need to be aware of scams

BBB's Julie Wheeler offers tips on avoiding summer job scams
BBB's Julie Wheeler offers tips on avoiding summer job scams(WDBJ)
Published: Jun. 14, 2016 at 7:42 AM EDT
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If you're the parent of a high school or college student looking to pick up a summer job, be aware of scams.

Julie Wheeler of the Better Business Bureau warns that scammers

sometimes target college students with fake job offers via their school email account.

The jobs often require an “assignment” and will send a check to cover expenses.

Students are instructed to keep a portion of the money and send the rest through a money wire. The check is fake and the student is responsible for reimbursing their bank.

Wheeler suggests doing your homework on the company to which you're applying to make sure it and the job posting are legitimate.

Also, for those interested in giving to charities to benefit the Orlando shooting victims, Wheeler suggests using the website, give.org to ensure that your donation goes where you want it to go.