SCAM ALERT SATURDAY: JOB SCAM
Last week, officers received a report of a criminal impersonation/job scam. The complainant reported that a suspect(s) impersonated the chief operating officer of a local energy company and responded to victims who posted online resumes with interest in working for the company. The suspect allegedly contacts the victims, tells them they have a job, but that they need to fund the purchase of new computer equipment due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines. The suspect then requests that funds be transferred by the victim to the suspect. At this writing and to the complainant's knowledge, no funds have been expended by applicants who were contacted by the suspect.
Often times, job scammers will ask victims to pay money to cover application or enrollment fees, employment screening fees, purchase of materials or office supplies, shipping costs, training fees, and so on. Remember, if someone wants you to pay a fee or buy something to get work, stop there because this is a sign that it's a scam. In cases like this, once money is sent, it's hard to recover.