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AG Cautions About Internet Job Scams

Jun 02, 2009 | Posted in Fraud Alerts

Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett has issued a consumer alert cautioning college and high school graduates, along with other consumers seeking work, to be wary of Internet job scams.

“It is important for all Pennsylvania residents to be watchful for online job scams, especially young people looking for part-time or summer work,” Corbett said.

Corbett said that con artists typically use Internet postings or Web sites like Craigslist to publish ads that offer high pay for part-time employment, including work as personal assistants, ‘mystery shoppers,’ and check processors. The most important element in all of these scams is that consumers will eventually be asked to wire-transfer money to another person.

Corbett said that consumers should always be wary of online job offers that seem “too good to be true,” especially any situation where you are being asked to wire-transfer money to someone you do not know.

Suspected scams can be reported to the national Internet Crime Complaint Center, at www.ic3.gov. Online complaints can also be filed with the Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection at www.attorneygeneral.gov.