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.