“And hey. Be careful out there.”
Though I may be dating myself with a quote from Hill Street Blues (the famous urban police drama), never has it been more appropriate for New Yorkers facing unemployment, credit problems and bankruptcy than it is today.
Recently the New York Times ran an article–”Online Scammers Prey on the Jobless“–that details how scams take advantage of people who are desperate for employment. Just when you’ve got your back against the financial wall, someone comes along and steals your proverbial wallet. One man from Jamaica, Queens is quoted saying:
“Looking back at the whole thing I was very, very naïve, but I needed a job so bad,” he says. “I’m behind in everything. I’m behind in my rent. I’m behind in all the bills I’m responsible for. It has wiped me out financially.”
The article mentions that the most common fraud schemes are:
- Help for a fee
- Fishing for identity data
- Work from home and “Mystery Shopper” positions
- Money-mule and Re-shipper positions
If you’re worried that an employment opportunity you found online may be a scam, a good resource according to the article is PhishBucket.org (http://phishbucket.org), a not-for-profit organization that has been tracking online job scams for three years.
If you’re worried about bankruptcy, or if you’ve been the victim of one of these scams and need legal and bankruptcy help in New York, feel free to get in touch for a free consultation to figure out all of your options and ways to protect your financial interests.
Note: Couldn’t find the orignal Hill Street Blues clip, so this number from Cop Rock will have to suffice: