Attorney General Roy Cooper: Don’t pay for job opportunities

Job search websites can be a great tool for finding your next job. But not every opportunity posted turns out to be legitimate.

Some North Carolina job seekers recently found this out when they responded to a posting for what looked like security guard work but turned out to be a scam. People who responded to the post were asked to pay more than $100 upfront for training by purchasing a reloadable debit card. Victims were also asked to provide personal information including their banking account number, full name and date of birth. Consumers who bought the debit card and provided the card number to the scammers never got the promised training or job.

To protect yourself when looking for jobs online:

  • Be skeptical if you’re asked for money upfront. Don’t agree to pay upfront for lists of potential jobs or to apply for a job. If you’re offered training or education, check it out thoroughly before you agree to pay any money, and consider reputable local alternatives, such as your Community College, first.
  • Guard your personal information. Job scammers may ask for your Social Security Number, saying they need it to run a background check. Don’t provide your SSN to a potential employer until or unless you’ve checked out the company thoroughly and know the job is legitimate. Never agree to email your SSN or other personal financial information. Email is not a secure way to share this information.

If you spot a possible job scam, report it to us at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or file a consumer complaint online at