Everything for Your Home's
Beauty, Comfort & Convenience 384-2123
704 Jamestown St, Columbia
Dr. Ronald P. Rogers
Support for your body's natural healing capabilities
Click here for details
Click here for information
Real Estate & Auction Co.
Duo County Telecom
Now Available Through
Your Cable Service!
GUN & PAWN
What's Going On
Info about the
Janice Holt Giles
and Henry Giles Society
Columbia Gas Dept.
GAS LEAK or GAS SMELL
24 hrs/ 365 days
270-384-2006 or 9-1-1
Call before you dig
Directory of Churches
phone numbers and more
for churches in Adair County
Find Great Stuff in
Antiques, Help Wanted,
Autos, Real Estate,
Legal Notices, More...
Beshear warns of 'seasonal employment' scams
Kentuckians looking to make extra cash for the holidays beware of fake online job offers
By Terry Sebastian & Crystal Staley
News from Attorney General Steve Beshear's office
FRANKFORT, KY (29 Nov 2016) - Attorney General Beshear is warning Kentuckians to be wary of seasonal employment scams targeting those looking to make some extra cash for the holidays.
The scam often appears as an online advertisement seeking a mystery shopper, package or shipping position or similar employment where Kentuckians can work from home and receive immediate payment.
Here is how the scam often plays out:
Once "hired" the "new employee" is mailed a check by a scammer and instructed to deposit it into his or her bank account. The new employee is then instructed to quickly send a large amount of money to the scammer or third-party to cover cost of equipment, training materials or health insurance.
After the employee sends the money, communication immediately stops with the scammer and the deposited check inevitably proves to be counterfeit.
The victim is left without seasonal employment and may be held accountable for the funds drawn and other charges by a bank for the deposited check.
"Unfortunately scammers look to thrive this time of year by taking advantage of the holiday season," Attorney General Beshear said. "There are many legitimate seasonal employment opportunities, but Kentuckians must remain vigilant when seeking online job offers and watch for red flags associated with scams."
Beshear said red flags often associated with job scams include:
Paid in advance. If you receive a check before doing any work, you are likely being targeted by scammers.
Hired without an interview. Be suspicious if you receive a job offer without completing an in-person or telephone interview. Be very concerned if the "human resources rep" uses a Yahoo, Gmail or Hotmail email address rather than a corporate email account. Scammers often ask to communicate using instant or text messaging.
Offered a high salary with few job duty details. Jobs that sound too good to be true likely are. Watch for job postings that promise a high salary to work from home and require little experience or provide few job duty specifics.
Immediately asked to provide 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, the job posting and application before providing sensitive data.
One of Beshear's top priorities is to protect Kentucky consumers, especially senior citizens from scams, abuse and exploitation.
To report a scam contact the Attorney General's Office at 888-432-9257 and file a complaint online.
Kentuckians are urged to stay up to date on new and trending scams by signing up for Scam Alerts. To enroll text the words KYOAG Scam to GOV311 (468311), or enroll online at ag.ky.gov/scams and select text message or email alert.
This story was posted on 2016-11-29 12:48:07
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.
To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.
More articles from topic Kentucky:
Link: Story U.S. 127 paving across Wolf Creek Dam
KDA, Red Cross to help victims of eastern Kentucky fires
State unemployment rate at 5.1 percent in October 2016
Louisville, KY, man sentenced for impersonating an officer
Level I Drought declaration issued for most of state
McCreary man charged with violating open burning law
Drought equals large fires: Several counties ban outdoor burning
Fires, Dry Conditions Create Hazards for Deer Hunters
Gov. Bevin announces higher pay for KY road maintenance crews
Ashland cardiologist convicted of health care fraud
View even more articles in topic Kentucky
Click for Info
Bank of Columbia
If You're Thinking of Selling,
Let Us Do the Yelling
Principal Broker & Auctioneer
Burton Real Estate
& Auction Service
Call Us For Appraisals
Click for Listings
On This Site
or Click Here
The Best of
Local Stories of
The Greatest Generation
Order Book or e-Book
See who's celebrating
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Special Events List
ColumbiaMagazine.com content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.