CONSUMER ALERT: Fake job offers and Medicare Card scams


Students are being warned to watch out for scammers while searching for a summer job.

The Department of Consumer Protection and Department of Workforce Development say full-time scammers are targeting part-time job hunters.

"The first place many of them are going to go are online classified sites or online job boards. These boards have thousands of jobs at any given time, which makes it easy for scammers to slip operations in there," says Jerad Albract, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Communications Specialist.

Be suspicious of offers that are too good to be true.


--Jobs that immediately request a social security number or financial information.

--Jobs that ask for you to pay an upfront fee or set up a personal account.

--Jobs that ask you to cash a check and send money to a third party.

--Jobs that require dealing with contacts outside of the United States.

--Jobs that request a "Google Hangout" interview for a work-at-home position and require upfront payments. The scammer will make a job offer and send a check or money order to be deposited in the job seeker's personal account. The check is a fake, and the job seeker will be on the hook for it when the bank learns it is a fraud.

“Phony job postings could be ploys to gather personal information from applicants or to sign them up for fake check scams, ‘get rich quick’ schemes, and bogus work-at-home or mystery shopping opportunities,” said Lara Sutherlin, Administrator for DATCP’s Division of Trade and Consumer Protection. “Be very careful about the amount and type of personal information you share in response to an online job listing and be informed about common employment scams before you begin your job search.”


--Do your research.

--Ask questions.

--Get the offer in writing, including expected earnings.

--Watch for spoofed emails that look legitimate. The web address in a scam email will not match the real company's URL.

--If you're not sure, call the Wisconsin Consumer Protection hotline at 800-422-7128.


AARP Fraud Watch says scammers are calling seniors and telling them they can get a plastic version of the Medicare Card.

The scammers ask for personal information.

All Medicare Cards are paper. No plastic version exists.

If you get a call about this, hang up the phone.