Fraudsters are always coming up with new ways to steal cash from their victims. One common trend is using people as money mules. Money mules are people who, at someone else’s direction, receive and move money from scammers.
One way this scam comes to fruition is through online job ads. Read on to learn more about these scams and how to keep yourself from becoming a victim.
Fraudsters will post jobs on online job boards to attract the attention of those seeking employment. The job often looks too good to be true – easy work that can be done from the comfort of one’s own home and little actual work needed.
Once someone applies for the job, the fraudster uses them to move funds they’ve stolen from others into different accounts, making it harder for the rightful owner to get back and difficult for officials to trace.
While the exact job descriptions may vary, there are common red flags of online job scams. They include:
In addition to moving around money that was illegally obtained, money mules may also find their own funds being stolen in these scams. They may be asked to provide financial account information that the scammer then uses to drain their account or be told they’ll be paid back for expenses that they never see payment for.
There are steps you can take to protect yourself from this common scam.
Money mule scams, like online job scams, are increasingly common and complex. The best way to protect yourself is to stay informed. Take advantage of our free educational resources to learn more about common scams and how to protect yourself by visiting our blog.