Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a press release on July 30, reporting that his office has received complaints about employment scams targeting residents in Johnson and several other counties.
The scams in Boone, Boyle, Fayette, Franklin, Hardin, Jefferson, Johnson, Madison, Shelby, Taylor and Woodford counties resulted in more than $24,000 in losses this year, Beshear reported.
While employment scams come in many forms, including paying upfront for sham job placement services or providing personal and financial information after accepting a fake job offer, Beshear said the largest losses in Kentucky involve work-from-home scams.
The scams often involve a victim who is quickly hired and asked to deposit a company check into their bank account to purchase a computer for their new job. The victim then thinks they are sending the computer to the company to have specific software installed, but they are really sending it to a scammer who keeps the computer. The fake check then bounces leaving the victim liable for the cost of the computer and other possible fees from an overdrawn account.
“Always be wary of work-from-home postings that require few qualifications yet offer easy schedules and big paychecks,” Beshear said. “Just remember, if the job offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
Beshear said the scams can appear through text messages, unsolicited job inquiry phone calls, emails, fake job postings and on social media platforms.
He recommends Kentuckians watch for these red flags to spot job scams:
•Requests upfront payment: Companies that guarantee jobs, but require payment for training materials, certification fees or a placement fee are likely scams. Legitimate companies and employers shouldn’t require any payment for the promise of a job.
•Offered access to special job postings: Use caution when dealing with those who promise to provide access to job postings for a cost.
•Sounds too good to be true: Job postings promising large salaries to work from home, requiring little experience, typically are scams. Remain cautious if you receive a job offer without completing an in-person interview or receive an unsolicited call that says you have been hired.
•Immediately asked to provide sensitive personal or financial information: Jobseekers are often asked to provide Social Security numbers and other personal and financial information as part of the hiring process. Take extra time to verify a company and application before providing sensitive data.
Beshear asks Kentuckians to report any instances of potential job scams to his office at, (888) 432-9257 and online at, ag.ky.gov.
Kentuckians can sign up to receive Scam Alerts by texting the words “KYOAG Scam” to GOV311 (468311) or enrolling online.