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New scam promises stay-at- home jobs

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Springfield is warning area residents of scammers using an accredited business name to dupe unemployed consumers into a work-from-home scheme.

The agency took a report that a consumer received a call from an individual claiming to work with Century Bankcard Services and offering her a job, working from her home, selling credit card processing services. The scammer told the victim, a woman, that it would cost her a monthly fee to set up and maintain her account. He asked for her bank account information and stated that her paychecks would be deposited there.

While Century Bankcard Services is a legitimate business with an A+ rating with the BBB, the business does not offer any type of work-at-home employment. No one in the company has been approved to cold-call customers.

Century Bankcard Services has filed a report with law enforcement officials, but police have been unable to track down the scammers.

The BBB urges area residents to hang up if they receive a call from an individual making such an offer.

The BBB also urges consumers to use caution when offered work-at-home employment. While there are some legitimate opportunities for such work, many others are a scam.

The BBB offers the following advice to those considering a work-from-home opportunity:

* Research the company before accepting employment.

* Make sure the individual calling is really employed there.

* Do not send money. Legitimate employers won't charge to hire employees or get started.

* Do not expect to get rich quickly.

For more information on work-at-home scams, visit www.bbb.org or call 417-862-4222.

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