AG's office warns job seekers to watch for post-holiday employment scams

By Chris Dickerson | Jan 3, 2019

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office is warning job seekers to exercise caution when looking for employment opportunities to pay off those holiday purchases.

“Don’t take just any job offer,” Morrisey said. “It is important that those looking for additional employment to pay off Christmas do their research and verify employment opportunities.”

The AG's office says consumers should be particularly cautious of work-at-home positions. Such opportunities may promise flexibility and extra income, but result in nothing more than lost time and money.

Additional tips include:

  • Use extra caution when looking at job ads with generic titles, such as administrative assistant or customer service representative.
  • Check the business’ legitimate website or call its verified phone number to make sure the opening is authentic.
  • Use caution when advertisements urge candidates to apply immediately and use phrases such as “Teleworking OK,” “Immediate Start” and “No Experience Needed.”
  • Do Internet searches for the position. If the same job posting appears in several cities, it may be a scam.
  • Be very cautious of any job that asks for personal information or money. Scammers often use the guise of running a credit check, setting up a direct deposit or training costs.
Consumers who believe they may have been the victim of a fraudulent job posting or wish to report a suspicious listing are asked to contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808 or visit the office online at www.wvago.gov.

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