Weather Alerts 2 View »

Las Vegas man becomes target of job scam


Video by

Las Vegas man becomes target of job scam

By Daniel Gutierrez. CREATED Feb 18, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- When you're out of work, you can feel desperate searching for that next job opportunity, and that's what scammers are counting on.

"I'm not getting a lot responses back. I'm getting tons of denial letters right now," said Justin Dotson.

Dotson said looking for work is a full-time job. The Mountain's Edge resident was laid off two months ago, "It's been tough."

He estimates he's applied for about 100 job listings, and an email he got from a job recruiter last month is the only positive feedback he's received.

It refers to a data entry position. It says, "We have completed our initial review of the applications, and are happy to inform you that you have been accepted by our client for a further interview." But Dotson said there were a few things that bothered him.

"Getting the email from the recruiter at 3:30 in the morning. That was red flag number one."

The company claimed to be based right here in Las Vegas, and Dotson said he decided to click on a link and start filling out an application. But as he started to do that, he came across another red flag, "Asking to pull my credit report, that was not okay."

He said that's when he decided to do some online research, "I found absolutely nothing listed on the company, or the owners, or what have you. Nothing."

That's when he reached out to Contact 13. We found there's no record of a state, county or city business license for the company. At one point, they did have a website, but it no longer exists. All things pointing to what's probably a bogus job offer.

"If it's too good to be true, it probably is. To try and take advantage of people that are looking for decent, honest work, it's a little upsetting," said Dotson.

Here's the Contact 13 bottom line: You can find license records for any Nevada company online. It's a good idea to look up that information, before doing business with any company.

If you think you've been the target of an online job scam, you can file a report with the FBI by clicking here.

Remember we've got your back Southern Nevada. If you need help, email your issue to, and we'll see what we can do to help.