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Beshear warns of ‘mystery shopper’ seasonal scam

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Kentuckians looking to make extra money in time for the Christmas season need to watch out for seasonal employment scams, according to Attorney General Andy Beshear.

Beshear said his office issued a scam alert recently after receiving reports from Kentuckians who said they responded to a seasonal mystery shopper job advertisement that turned out to be a scam. A resident in Scott County reported losing $2,000 to the scam this week.

While there are reputable companies that hire mystery shoppers Beshear recommends avoiding any ad, email or website that requires an advance payment to gain access to information on how to become a mystery shopper.

Beshear recommends Kentuckians research and verify all job listings and cautions job seekers to watch for these red flags associated with a variety of employment scams:

• Asked to wire money.

• Sounds too good to be true.

• Job postings that promise a high salary to work from home and require little experience. Also, be suspicious of offers without completing an interview.

• Immediately asked to provide personal or financial information.

To report a scam contact the Office of Attorney General at (888) 432-9257 and file a complaint online.