With the busy holiday season approaching, retailers and delivery services are looking for seasonal employees. Unfortunately, this also provides scammers with an opportunity to phish for your personal information or to scam money from you.

The Better Business Bureau serving Louisville, Southern Indiana and Western Kentucky is warning consumers to be smart about holiday employment opportunities. While many legitimate companies are looking for help, consumers should do their research first.

BBB offers these tips while searching for job opportunities:

• Check the company’s web­site. Scammers often use the names of actual businesses to make the job posting look more leg­it­i­mate. Go directly to the company’s website to see if the position is available or directly call the business to confirm.

• Be cautious of high pay and/or benefits for simple tasks. Fake postings often lure job seekers by offering big bucks or excellent benefits for jobs that don’t require much effort or skill. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

• Be suspicious of opportunities that request money up-front. A big red flag is if someone is asking you send money to them for training or supplies before you even begin the job. You never should have to pay money upfront to start a job.

• Interview process. If you are offered the job without an in­ter­view, it most likely is a scam. Real companies want to talk with you before offering you a position. Also be wary of interviews that take place through online chats or emails only.

• Asking for too much personal information. If the company is asking you for sensitive information on the application, such as your Social Security number or banking information, stay away. Employers have legitimate tax or payroll reasons for requesting that information but it won’t occur during the application process.

For information, go to bbb.org or call 1-800-388-2222.

Mindy Eaton, director of communications and marketing for the Better Business Bureau’s regional office, can be reached at meaton@bbb.louisville.org.