Your BBB learned that the mystery shopper scam is making rounds in the tristate area. Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a warning informing Kentuckians that his office received numerous complaints regarding this scam.
According to the same warning, a resident in Scott County lost over $2,000 to this scam a few days ago. The way it works is: you find an employment ad online and when you respond to it you are asked to pay some money in advance for various expenses (equipment, badges etc.).
“Legitimate companies do not require you to make an advance payment to obtain employment as a mystery shopper,” Beshear said. “Kentuckians must always remain vigilant about scams, especially job scams during the Christmas season when con artists are looking to take advantage of hard-working Kentuckians.”
Be very wary of job ads that require you to:
- Wire money
If you’re asked to wire or transfer money, send or cash in a check, be extremely careful and contact your BBB to make sure this is not a scam!
- Provide immediate personal or financial information
Companies will ask for your social security number and also a bank routing number to start the hiring process, so make sure to look into the company before accepting a job. Look them up online, see what other employees had to say about them and when in doubt, contact your BBB or your local authorities!
If you are looking for a seasonal job, make sure to do your homework before accepting an offer and let your friends and family know about this scam so that they too can be warned!
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