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AG of West Virginia Cautions Students about Job Scams

Huntingtonnews.net reported on 3rd February, 2015 stating that Patrick Morrisey, Attorney General of West Virginia (US) recently urged West Virginians to be careful about employment scams which are targeting college students.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently issued a warning regarding an email scam going around college campuses offering "work from home" opportunities particularly for college students. The emails have been circulating through school accounts of students.

The email asks the students to provide their bank account number so that money can be deposited in the account. After that, the student is asked to transfer some portion of funds to another bank account. However, by following these directions, the student puts himself or herself on risk of getting defrauded of money or become the victim of identity theft. Moreover, the money allegedly being deposited may not be real which would lead to a scenario where student ends up paying fees pertaining to overdraft.

Wsaz.com published news on 3rd February, 2015 quoting Morrisey as saying "Many students are looking for convenient and good paying jobs while continuing their education. We want to ensure that people know what to expect and they can protect themselves especially because many of these employment scams appear to be genuine."

Morrisey encourages college students to do research on the company and its sender's email address online. He also advises to never accept a job which requires money transferring between personal accounts and never provide personal information including bank accounts or passwords to potential employers.

You need to be cautious about any job which requests you to share personal net-banking details. Fraudsters will often ask banking information on the pretext of checking credit limit and for depositing money or use your bank account for transferring funds as in this case.

Some jobs are most probably scams: Always be careful about work from home, mystery shopping positions or any recruitment with a common title like administration assistant or customer service representative. These kinds of jobs do not require any special licensing or training and so they appeal to a large section of applicants. For queries call the Consumer Protection Division of Attorney General at 800-368-8808.

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