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The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) warned Texas job seekers to be aware of scams that involve individuals posing as potential employers in order to collect money in exchange for non-existent jobs. Some fake employers used the names of established businesses and interviewed job candidates in legitimate meeting spaces in order to scam individuals out of money.
False employment scams can happen online, by phone or in person, the TWC explained in a release issued April 27, 2015. Some scammers posted fake job notices on legitimate job-matching websites and some met and interviewed job seekers in public places. In all cases, the job seeker received promises of employment and a request for some type of up-front payment.
The TWC advised job seekers to never cash checks from businesses or purchase any equipment, licenses, certifications, starter kits, or software packages unless they have verified that the company and the offer are legitimate. Employers never ask for money as a condition for starting work, according to the TWC.
Job seekers also should never provide personal information to an employer unless they have had a face-to-face meeting at the worksite or contacted the company’s human resource office to verify the offer. TWC said that personal information includes the name of your bank and credit card, bank account or social security numbers.
TWC safeguards personal information on WorkInTexas.com by using stringent online security measures and by screening job seekers and employers registered through the site. It continually monitors site activity and takes immediate action to lock accounts and contact the parties involved when suspicious activity. TWC validates employers registered on the site to ensure that accounts and/or job postings are from legitimate businesses. TWC encouraged job seekers who suspect that a job posting on WorkInTexas.com is not authentic to report it immediately.
TWC encouraged individuals to check their bank or other online accounts for unusual activity if they suspect they were victims of a similar scam. To report suspicious activity, please call TWC’s Fraud and Program Abuse Hotline at 800-252-3642. To avoid becoming a victim of scams, visit the Texas Office of the Attorney General online at www.oag.state.tx.us/consumer/scams.shtml.
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