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Better Business Bureau warns of increased employment scams

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QUINCY (WGEM) — A new study from the Better Business Bureau says the number of employment scams has increased compared to recent years.

The study says job scam reports were up 27 percent between 2018 and 2020.

Those targeted were most likely to be women, and between 25 and 34 years old.

Those who were scammed averaged more than $1,000 in losses and more than a quarter of those scammed gave away their license and social security numbers.

Don O’Brien, the Regional Director for the Quincy Better Business Bureau said Thursday he expects employment scams to continue to increase.

“We’ve seen a huge uprise in employment scams, people losing upwards of $2 billion per year, and now with the unemployment benefits running out, we think there might be an uptick in these,” O’Brien said.

He said there are several steps people can do to limit their risk of being scammed….

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