Published: Sep 07, 2010 3:28 AM EDT
Updated: Sep 07, 2010 12:28 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Better Business Bureau has a warning for the millions of Americans looking for work: scammers may be ready to prey on their last dollar.

"They'll ask you for a credit card number, they'll ask you to send them money," said job seeker Robert Reese.  "Or they'll try to give you a job saying you'll make 25 dollars an hour, and you know that's not out there."

Reese says he's spotted several phony offers in his year-long search for a new job.

"It's not like it used to be where you go in, fill out and application, you get an interview," Reese said.

The Better Business Bureau warns to avoid offers asking for money or information up-front, and to fully research work-at-home opportunities.

Other red flags include offers filled with spelling and grammatical errors, which could come from scammers outside the U.S.

The Bureau also says job seekers should never accept money only to wire it somewhere else; often the first check is no good, and your account takes the hit.