Employment scams making the rounds

TUCSON —The Better Business Bureau announced that new employment scams are making the rounds during this period of high unemployment due to COVID-19.

The scammers are charging a “fee” to apply for jobs, requiring the purchase of an item to ensure employment or the victim to surrender personal information such as banking or Social Security identification.

The overwhelming majority of the phony job offers involve warehousing, with the scammers fraudulently claiming to represent retailers such as Amazon or Walmart.

More than half of those being targeted are currently unemployed and those falling prey most often are students and those in the 25 to 35 year old age range, as well as military spouses and veterans.

Those who have been contacted can report the scam to the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org as well as contacting local law enforcement.