If you think you or someone you know has been scammed by a fake job opening or business opportunity, we recommend that you act immediately, by following our guidelines below, and then proceed to our ReportRecover, and Reinforce sections for further assistance.

Some Immediate Action Steps to Take*

  • Employers and employment firms shouldn’t ask you to pay for the promise of a job.
  • Stop all contact with that individual and company.
  • Don’t give out your credit card or bank account information over the phone to a company unless you’re familiar with them. Anyone who has your account information can use it.
  • Go to this site to see a copy of your free annual credit report.


Reporting scams to the FTC Complaint Assistant is very important! Once you have arrived at the FTC website please click on the category “Jobs, Money Making Opportunity” to complete your report. The more national reporting data that is collected, the better the chance law enforcement has to catch the criminals and decrease online crime. Although the FTC does not resolve individual complaints directly, they will make your report available to local, state and other law enforcement partners. Please read the privacy policy here. (If you believe that you’ve received a phishing email, please forward the email directly to reportphishing@apwg.org.)


These resources have been gathered, selected and vetted to help simplify the process of recovering after a cybercrime incident has taken place. You may need to contact organizations outside Fraudsupport.org. Results will vary depending on your circumstances.


Once you have notified the appropriate organizations and you are on the road to recovery, it is time to reinforce the security of your accounts, using these resources and tools.

Report the Scam to The Job Opportunity Site:

Contact the Money Service Company You May Have Used and Report the Fraud

Contact Credit Reporting Agencies to Monitor Your Accounts

Implement Preventive Measures

  • Contact the company directly to find out if they are really hiring through the service.
  • Ask for the opportunity details — in writing.
  • Contact these organizations to check for complaints and for assistance:
  • For new business opportunities:
    • Listen to sales presentations with a critical ear.
    • If you don’t receive the information you know they have to provide, walk away.
    • Consider getting professional advice. Ask a lawyer, accountant, or business advisor to read the paperwork before you proceed.

*More information on these general guidelines can be found on the FTC website.

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