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Summer Job Seekers Shoud Beware of Scams

Students across North Carolina are getting out of school for the summer and many are looking to land a summer job. Unfortunately, scammers use the lure of employment and potential earnings to try to rip off eager job seekers.

There are many ways to tell a phony job offer from a legitimate opportunity:

· Be skeptical of high earnings claims. Jobs that promise big money for simple tasks or say you’ll earn thousands of dollars a week by working from home are usually too good to be true.

· Don’t agree to wire or ship money. Steer clear of job opportunities that promise you’ll earn a commission by working as a mystery or secret shopper, transferring money through your account, cashing checks, or repackaging and shipping merchandise.

· Be suspicious if you’re asked for money upfront. Don’t agree to pay to get a job or to apply for one. If you’re asked to pay for training or education, check it out thoroughly.

· Check out the company thoroughly including online, with your local Better Business Bureau, and by calling our office at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM. Ask for a physical address and verify it. Simply having a presence online doesn’t make a company legitimate.

· Guard your personal information. Don’t provide your Social Security Number or other personal financial information to a potential employer unless you’ve checked out the company thoroughly and know the job is legitimate.

· Get it in writing. Walk away if a potential employer won’t give you details of the job in writing, including job duties, hours and what you’ll be paid.

If you spot a possible job scam, report it to 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or file a consumer complaint online at ncdoj.gov.

This message brought to you on behalf of North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper.