(WMAQ) The Better Business Bureau has a new alert out about a fake job scam claiming to be from Amazon.
Here's how it works: Victims receive a voicemail, text, email or message on social media inviting them to apply for a high-paying job, but the gig doesn't really exist.
A fake HR rep finds victims online, claiming to be hiring people to post product reviews. They say the position pays up to $6,000 per month, and you can work from home.
But new employees have to purchase a $200 "enrollment fee" before they can start.
You pay up, the scammer vanishes.
The Better Business Bureau says the marks include moms and dads.
"Kids go back to school, parents now have some extra time, and they might be looking for an at-home opportunity," Tom Johnson explains.
The perps scour the web for jobseekers who have posted resumes, for example.
"These ploys are actually going after people who need work and want money, and they are taking money the person can't afford to lose, and that's what makes this especially notorious," Johnson says.
No legit company asks for a credit check or a preemptive payment for training during the hiring process.
Amazon does not require payment for any job training, and a few hours of work for big money is not reality.
If you see this scam online, the Better Business Bureau is asking you to report it via "Scam Tracker" so it can try to break up these elaborate overseas phishing networks.