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AG warning of WIN Job Center scam; 40 applicants swindled

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is warning consumers to be aware of a wanted con-artist currently perpetrating a clever employment scam in the State.

The con, who identified himself as Brandon Williams with “Wipe Out Windows,” actually filed job orders with WIN Job Centers in Vicksburg, Greenwood and Forest. Williams, as he will be referred to until his identity is confirmed, claimed to be needing general laborers whom he would pay $12.50 per hour. The Greenwood agency referred 29 applicants to Williams, while Vicksburg referred 10 and Forest referred three. An additional 16 people were referred to Williams by the WIN center applicants.

Williams contacted the applicants after 5 p.m. Aug. 23 and told them they had the job and just needed to pay a fee of $61.95 by 6 p.m. Aug. 25 to cover the expense of a shirt and a transportation industry card. Williams then told the applicants to show up at the WIN Job Center the morning of Aug. 26 ready to report to work. In total, 40 people paid the requested fee to Williams for a total of $2,478. Some of these applicants also provided their social security numbers to Williams.

“The Mississippi Department of Employment Security immediately reported this issue to us and is working to provide our office with information that will hopefully lead us to this con,” said Hood.  “These type of scammers almost always choose to prey on the vulnerable, in this case folks needing a job.”

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