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The Better Business Bureau said West Virginia job seekers should be wary of a potential employment scam that uses South Charleston address.

The BBB said in a news release it received a call from a local consumer wanting to verify a potential employment offer as home-based shipping and receiving clerk. The job posting was listed through the website www.usportage.com that lists a local 304 area code phone number and address in South Charleston.

The job would consist of receiving and shipping items for various companies worldwide from your home.

"This type of employment just seems suspicious all the way around. Applicants have no idea who they will be shipping and receiving items for, and could unknowingly find themselves involved in some sort of illegal transport of goods," said Judy Strawderman, office administrator with the BBB in Charleston.

Upon investigation by the BBB office in Charleston, BBB staff found that there is no company by
the name of US Portage at the address listed. The company is also claiming on their website to be a BBB-accredited business with an A+ rating. A BBB-accredited business logo on the company's website is linking to a fake BBB report that appears to be with the Los Angeles BBB. US Portage is not a BBB-accredited business with the BBB in Los Angeles or the Canton Region/Greater West Virginia BBB, which services the South Charleston area, the news release said.

The BBB advised consumers seeking home-based employment:
  • Beware of any suspicious job offers.
  • Before applying for any job offer of a company you are unfamiliar with, be sure you check them out thoroughly with local agencies, chambers of commerce, and the BBB.
  • Beware of higher than normal earnings claims.
  • Never pay any money in order to work for a company.