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Fake Employer Scams Target Texas Jobseekers

The Texas Workforce Commission is warning of a scam targeting job-seekers across the state.

The commission says jobseekers are reporting unsolicited calls and e-mails from individuals posing as employers from job matching websites. The false employers ask to interview the job candidates, either over the phone or via the Internet.

They’ll then offer a job, but with a catch. That could be a request for personal information, such as a Social Security Number, that could be used for identity theft.

Another variation requires the job seekers to purchase equipment or training as a condition of employment. Lisa Givens is a spokeswoman for the Texas Workforce Commission.

“No legitimate employer would ever ask for money as a condition for starting work.”

The commission encourages individuals to check their bank or other online accounts for suspicious activity if they suspect they’re victims of a similar scam.

To report suspicious activity, call the Texas Workforce Commission’s Fraud and Abuse Program Hotline at (800) 252-3642. To avoid becoming a victim of a scam, visit the Texas Office of the Attorney General online or www.onguardonline.gov, which is managed by the Federal Trade Commission, for more information.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas delegations in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Texas governorship, the state legislature, and county and city governments. Before taking up his current post, Andrew...

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