12 OYS: Georgia Department of Labor; job seekers targeted by employer scam

News 12 at 6 o'clock / November 26, 2013

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW)

"I have a good work ethic. I have some good work experience under my belt," says Jennifer Mentor. With years of experience in the manufacturing and restaurant industry, Mentor says she thought it would have kept her employed.

"I've been searching for work since July of this year. I was laid off," says Mentor. She says she has been applying on websites like Snagajob.com and Craigslist but last week got an email referral from the department of labor.

"I've been using that one the most because I feel like it is the most legit out of all of the them," says Mentor. The ad was for a general laborer at Construction Contractors of America.

Mentor says she called the number listed on the ad. Afterwards she provided some personal information. It was not long after Mentor says she got a call back offering her the job. All she had to do was pay a training fee of $89.

"A Green Dot money card, you had to buy the refill, the reload pack," says Mentor. She paid the fee and says she was told to attend a training class on Monday at the department of labor on Greene Street in Augusta. When she showed up, she found out it was all a hoax..

"There were other people, me and five other people that paid out different amounts of money for this class," says Mentor. She says she asked a GDOL employee how this could happen. "The only thing that they do is when someone tries to place a job is they verify if the tax id for the business is valid," says Mentor.

Sam Hall, communications director with GDOL says, fraudulent employers posting fake job ads began when the recession hit years ago. Hall says folks desperate for work will sometimes let their guard down. "We make every diligent effort to keep fraudulent work orders from being posted on our website," says Hall. He added that if you are looking for a job, always research the company.

The GDOL website does caution job seekers about possible scams and to be careful when providing personal information. It also suggests researching potential employers before applying to any job.

Advice that Mentor regrets not having done. "I feel terrible because myself and others have been taken advantage of," says Mentor.

News 12 has confirmed that the scam ad has been removed from the GDOL website.


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