A man seeking employment through the Beaufort County branch of the SC Department of Employment and Workforce says he was referred to a phony job offer in December.
The 55-year-old Lady’s Island resident and Air Force veteran was told by jobs center reps to jump on an opportunity with DSI Security -- a real company -- as an armed security guard. After an interview, he was told he had to pay $150 for a training class. His online research into both the firm and the fee led him to believe both were legitimate, so he forked over the money.
Not long after, jobs center employees called him back, warning him that they all had been victims of a scam.
While DSI Security is a real company, scammers in several states -- now including South Carolina -- have been using its name to post ads through state jobs centers and trick people into sending money for training that doesn’t exist.
It is unclear how many people have also been scammed. Employment department spokeswoman Adrienne Fairwell said "irregularities" were uncovered in job ads for DSI and have been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
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