Employment scams are nothing new and they come in many different forms. Many are used to target students or others looking for part-time work. A new version of the employment scam has con-artists posing as a friendly, trustworthy family looking for a part-time pet sitter.

This scam works when a seemingly nice person reaches out via social media, a legitimate job website or even through student email. The person begins earning the victim’s trust by oversharing personal information to make the victim feel comfortable.

Marjorie Stephens is president and CEO of the BBB serving Northern Indiana.

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