Ditch the Pitch
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COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) is advising job seekers to be cautious in their search. Scammers will pose as hiring managers, offering unsuspecting consumers fictitious jobs. In one scam reported to SCDCA's Identity Theft Unit, a consumer was asked to purchase computer equipment using her own bank account. The scammers requested her bank account number, saying they would direct deposit the funds for the equipment into her account. The consumer ultimately lost over $4,000. While there are plenty of real jobs available, look for these red flags when job hunting:
If something seems suspicious or too good to be true, walk away. Promises of quick and easy money are often more trouble than they are worth.
Scam reporting is an important step in helping SCDCA empower consumers to recognize and avoid scams. For more information on reporting and avoiding scams call 844-TELL DCA (835- 5322) or click on Report a Scam.
The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs aims to protect consumers from inequities in the marketplace through advocacy, complaint mediation, enforcement and education. File a Complaint or call toll-free, 1-800-922-1594, to get information on consumer issues.