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WIN Job Centers, job applicants scammed by con-artist

WIN Job Centers, job applicants scammed by con-artist

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A scammer gets away with more than $2,000 from unsuspecting, unemployed victims. Now, the Attorney General's Office needs your help finding the con-artist.

The scammer identifies himself as Brandon Williams and says he works for a company called "Wipe Out Windows."

Attorney General Jim Hood says the man went to several WIN Job Centers across Central Mississippi to find employees. He offered to pay $12.50 an hour, but the employees first had to send him about $60 to cover the expense of a shirt and a Transportation Industry Card. AG Hood says the man is a con-artist, and he pocketed this money.

The WIN Job Center was quick to realize he was a fake, and they alerted the Attorney General's Office.

"It was kind of an innovative scheme," says AG Hood. "Got to give him credit! That's all he's got to do is sit around and figure out how to take advantage of people. But unfortunately these people are the ones that needed work, and they're actually trying to get a job to go make an honest living, and the guy cheats them out of the little bit that they have. Hopefully we'll catch this guy before he spends all the money and try to get this money back to these victims."

If you know the man who's behind this scam, or if you were scammed yourself, please call the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-281-4418.

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