Knoxville man concerned over job scam involving Tennessee Depart

Knoxville man concerned over job scam involving Tennessee Department of Labor

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There's a new scam out this week involving the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce. There's a new scam out this week involving the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce.
"I quit my other job because I thought I was going to work for this other place making $16.25 an hour." "I quit my other job because I thought I was going to work for this other place making $16.25 an hour."
"The problem was the person falsely representing themselves as someone who had the authority to hire for that company," Abbas said. "The problem was the person falsely representing themselves as someone who had the authority to hire for that company," Abbas said.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - There's a new scam out this week involving the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce.

6 News first looked into this after a Knoxville man contacted us saying he was using the Tennessee Career Center to apply for jobs, but one of those jobs is a scam.

"I thought it was legitimate because it was through the Department of Labor," Donnie Black said.

When Black found a job last week with Georgia-based construction company NSC, he  thought it was the big break he needed.

"I quit my other job because I thought I was going to work for this other place making $16.25 an hour."

But Black says the man who hired him, Gary Cates, called him Friday to say there was a safety training fee of $71.35 which had to be paid with a Green Dot debit card.

6 News called the number several times and got a message saying, "You've reached NSC Construction. If you will leave your name, a telephone number and a detailed message we'll get back with you as soon as possible."Black knew not to buy the card, but he's worried about identity theft and more victims.

"They have all of our information. Social security numbers, birth dates, who's to say that they don't go to another state and use our name to try to start one of these fake companies up," Black said.

"This has never happened as far as I can recall," said Ray Abbas with the Tennessee Career Center.

He says they're a victim too, adding the Nashville office confirmed that the company did exist before they approved the posting.

"The problem was the person falsely representing themselves as someone who had the authority to hire for that company," Abbas said.

He found out it was a scam when about 15 people showed up at the center Monday morning, thinking they were going through safety training.

"Of course it was quite a shock to them that the position didn't exist. Many of them gave up jobs in order to take this position," Abbas said.

He says they're working with the victims to help find them other jobs, and he warns people to be cautious if an employer asks you to send them money for any reason.

The job posting has been taken down, and they're now launching a statewide investigation.

Victims of this scam are asked to make an online report with the FBI.


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