Did you get a message from a “brand ambassador manager” for a national company wanting to pay you to promote their products online? It could be a scam…but how will you know?
If you’re an influencer or have lots of social media followers, scammers might target you with fake job offers aimed at getting your personal and financial information.
Here’s what it looks like: a supposed recruiter contacts you out of the blue, claiming to be affiliated with a brand you recognize. The job offer sounds great — they say they’ll send you free products to promote online and pay you big money to show and tag their products in your social media posts. All you have to do, they say, is accept the offer and give them your personal and banking information so they can pay you. They want to sign you up before you can ask any questions. But that’s a scam to get your information and steal from you.
So how can you spot a job scam like this one?
- Never give out your personal or financial information without doing some research first. Look up the name of the company along with words like “scam,” “review,” or “complaint.” The results may include the experiences of others who’ve lost money.
- Contact the company directly to confirm the offer. Use a phone number or contact method you know to be legitimate — not the contact info or website the so-called recruiter gave you. If you can’t confirm the offer is real, walk away.
- Spot the red flags. Is your recruiter using a personal account, email, or number not affiliated with the company they claim to represent? That’s a sign you could be dealing with a scammer.