JACKSON – Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is warning consumers to be aware of a wanted con-artist committing an 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, 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 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 Monday morning ready to report to work. Forty 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.
Anyone with information about this scammer or who thinks they may have fallen victim to this scam is encouraged to call the AG’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-281-4418.