Herring warns furloughed workers to look out for scams


RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia’s top prosecutor is warning furloughed workers to be vigilant of scams related to the partial government shutdown.

Attorney General Mark Herring said in a news release scams can include fake employment offers, predatory lenders looking to take advantage of unpaid residents and fake charities.

“Whenever we have situations where people are vulnerable there are always scammers out there trying to take advantage of that situation,” Herring said.

Herring says there are a lot of things government employees have to be aware of especially when they go out and get a second job.

“The longer it goes, the more I hear from federal employees that they are going to have to find a part time job just to pay the rent,” Herring added.

Herring also wants employees to be aware of pay day loans. He says it is best going to a bank or credit union.

Herring said in a statement, “People who are affected by the government shutdown have enough to worry about and should not also have to worry about a scammer preying on them. My consumer protection team and I will continue to do all we can to protect Virginians from getting ripped off and taken advantage of.”

Herring’s office released a lengthy list of tips to help federal workers avoid scams during the shutdown.

Those who believe they have been the victim of a scam are encouraged to contact Herring’s Consumer Protection Section by either calling 1-800-552-9963, emailing consumer@oag.state.va.us or visiting this link.

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