BBB job scam losses on the rise

In the first three months of 2023 the Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker has reported job scam losses of $840,000.

Wes Lafortune, the manager of communications and media for the southern Alberta BBB highlighted a few of the key findings of the reports.

“What we found at Better Business Bureau is quite a sharp increase in reports to our site, which is Scam Tracker, which tracks scams across North America. And that was, as you said, about a 250 per cent increase. The loss was nearly a million dollars just for the first three months of the year. I always mention this when I talk about scams and fraud, but basically about only five per cent of people actually make reports.”

According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, 11,435 reports were made, totaling $22.2 million dollars in losses from March 2020 through 2023.

BBB tips for job seekers:

  • Research companies offering jobs at
  • Find a number on the business’ website and call to confirm the job or offer is real.
  • Check the email address to ensure that it is connected to the company and not a personal email address.
  • Be cautious providing personal information to unverified recruiters and online applications.
  • Never pay for a job.

Micah Quinn

After graduating from Mount Royal University in Calgary with a Broadcasting Diploma, Micah made the trek down to Lethbridge to work for Bridge City News. He has previously worked at City TV Calgary on the Breakfast Television morning show. He looks forward to connecting with this community, and reaching a new audience. Micah has a passion for interviewing and finding out why people think the way they do. You’ll often find him pursuing local feature stories and hard news.

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