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Watch for job scams
12-07-2010, 02:52 PM,
Bug  Watch for job scams
With state numbers at about 10 percent, scam artists continue to advertise phony job opportunities, attempting to take advantage of jobseekers.

One Hamilton County consumer lost $3,000 after falling victim to a mystery shopping job scam. He received a check in the mail with a letter stating he had been selected to be a mystery shopper. He followed the letter’s instructions, which told him to deposit the check, spend $100 at the store, and then wire $2,900 to two different locations. After he sent the money, his bank informed him that the check was fake. It was all a scam.

In addition to the “mystery shopper” ploy, other signs of a job scam include claims about:

* Making thousands of dollars working from home.
* Evaluating a wire transfer service.
* Becoming a cosmetics tester at home.
* Paying to get exclusive information about jobs.
* Obtaining previously undisclosed federal jobs.
* Being directed to an obscure website that promises “free” credit scores.

Regardless of the claim, if a company says you must pay before you can accept a job, it’s probably a scam. Even if a job placement company promises exclusive information, job training, starter kits or other materials, be very wary.

Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray filed a lawsuit against a Cincinnati-based company that charged job seekers $250 upfront for information that was already publicly available, outdated or false.

Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

--- ohioattorneygeneral

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