Attorney General Morrisey warns consumers of post-holiday employment scams

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has released some tips to help consumers avoid falling victim to post-holiday employment scams.

With many consumers looking to make extra money following the inevitable spending over the holidays, many people may decide to take a temporary job. However, Attorney General Morrisey has warned consumers to be wary of employment scams.

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

Attorney General Morrisey’s Office has warned consumers to be particularly cautious of work-at-home positions. These opportunities may promise flexibility and extra income, but result in nothing more than lost time and money.

The Attorney General’s Office has released to following tips to help consumers avoid these scams:

  • 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 job position 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 can contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808 or visit the office online here.

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