State Attorney General's office warning of employment scams

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- The West Virginia Attorney General’s Office is warning West Virginians of employment scams that may occur during the holiday season.

“Money can be tight around the holidays. With so many people buying gifts and traveling, it’s important for those seeking an extra job to only reply to legitimate job offers,” Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said in a press release.

The office says to be particularly careful when it comes to work-at-home position offers. While these may promise more money and flexibility, the office says it may end in lost time and money.

The state Attorney General’s Office is also offering these tips to avoid being a victim of these scams:

-Use extra caution when looking at job ads with generic titles, such as administrative assistant or customer service representative.

-Although personal information is shared as part of a job application, be very cautious of providing financial account information or handing over money.

-Be wary of any job offer or interview that requires upfront payment.

-Check the business’ website to make sure the opening is posted there. If you’re still not sure, call the business to check on the position.

-Use caution when ads urge you to immediately apply 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 you to share personal information or hand over money. Scammers often use the guise of running a credit check, setting up a direct deposit or training costs.

If you believe you’ve been a victim to one of these scams or if you wish to report a job listing that appears suspicious, you can contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808 or the Eastern Panhandle Consumer Protection Office in Martinsburg at 304-267-0239.

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