AG: Employment scams in multiple counties account for more than $24,000 in losses

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – If you are on the hunt for a job, watch out for scammers. That’s the warning from the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General.

The office says it has received employment scam complaints from residents in Boone, Boyle, Fayette, Franklin, Hardin, Jefferson, Johnson, Madison, Shelby, Taylor and Woodford counties totaling more than $24,000 in losses this year.

The largest losses involve work-from-home scams, but the office also says people have been taken by scams requiring they pay upfront for job placement services or provide personal and financial information after accepting a fake job offer.

The scams often involve a victim who is quickly hired and asked to deposit a company check into their bank account to purchase a computer for their new job. The victim then thinks they are sending the computer to the company to have specific software installed, but they are really sending it to a scammer who keeps the computer. The fake check then bounces leaving the victim liable for the cost of the computer and other possible fees from an overdrawn account.

The Office of the Attorney General says watch for these red flags to spot job scams:

Requests upfront payment
Companies that guarantee jobs, but require payment for training materials, certification fees or a placement fee are likely scams. Legitimate companies and employers shouldn’t require any payment for the promise of a job.

Offered access to special job postings
Use caution when dealing with those who promise to provide access to job postings for a cost. Know that all open federal government positions can be accessed free at usajobs.gov.

Sounds too good to be true
Job postings promising large salaries to work from home, requiring little experience, typically are scams. Remain cautious if you receive a job offer without completing an in-person interview or receive an unsolicited call that says you have been hired.

Immediately asked to provide sensitive personal or financial information
Jobseekers are often asked to provide Social Security numbers and other personal and financial information as part of the hiring process. Take extra time to verify a company and application before providing sensitive data.

Real companies will provide a complete contract for services, including what services your contract covers and what happens if you do not find a job.

To report any instances of potential job scams, call (888) 432-9257 and file a complaint online.

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