The 12 Scams of Christmas #12: Phony Classifieds

The 12 Scams of Christmas #12: Phony Classifieds

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You may be thinking of a second job to help pay fill your Christmas shopping list, but beware before you start filling out applications. You may be thinking of a second job to help pay fill your Christmas shopping list, but beware before you start filling out applications.
One of the biggest scam listings to watch for are those that say you can "work from home." One of the biggest scam listings to watch for are those that say you can "work from home."
"Anytime you see those words 'work from home,' some are legit," said Jerry Tipton with the Better Business Bureau of Greater East Tennessee. "Most of them are not though." "Anytime you see those words 'work from home,' some are legit," said Jerry Tipton with the Better Business Bureau of Greater East Tennessee. "Most of them are not though."

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Each day leading up to Black Friday Good Morning Tennessee is counting down the 12 Scams of Christmas. Our first scam goes after those looking for a little extra holiday cash.

You may be thinking of a second job to help fill your Christmas shopping list, but beware before you start filling out applications.

Scam number 12: Phony Classifieds

One of the biggest scam listings to watch for are those that say you can "work from home."

"Anytime you see those words 'work from home,' some are legit," said Jerry Tipton with the Better Business Bureau of Greater East Tennessee. "Most of them are not though."

The BBB says the first red flag is when they start asking for your personal information over the phone.

"We make direct deposit, so I need your bank account number, your social security number and all that," said Tipton. "If you do that you're asking for trouble."

Those are legitimate questions for a new hire, but legitimate companies will never ask them over the phone.

The best way to make sure it's a trusted company is to run their name through the BBB.

"Pick up the phone and call the actual company and see if they are in fact advertising as such, and then if that's the case, you might want to apply in person instead of over the phone," said Tipton.

You may also turn to the classifieds to buy and sell items. Selling your old stuff can be a good way to bring in some extra money, but only if you do it safely.

"First of all, you want to see the item in person," said Tipton. "That's the safest way."

Make sure to meet in a busy public place. Never turn over money before seeing the item and remember that if something seems too good to be true, chances are it is.   


The 12 Scams of Christmas countdown continues Wednesday, Nov. 13 with a scam that might make you think twice about turning to certain smart phone apps to help in the holiday hustle.

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