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Possible scam targeting tribal members promising cleanup jobs

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YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. -- Yakama Nation tribal leaders issued a warning Thursday of a possible scam targeting tribal members.

In a release sent out to KNDO, tribal leaders cautioned, recruiters who claim to be with the BP are promising free bus trips to Louisiana and $40 an hour wages to help with the Gulf spill cleanup.

The concerns are, these "so-called" jobs may not be legitimately tied to British Petroleum.

Tribal leaders said between 400 and 500 members were already called for their personal information. Leaders are worried about social security numbers being used for identity theft crimes.

The Tribe is working closely with the Better Business Bureau and the Washington State Attorney General's Office.

Leaders with the BBB and Attorney General's Office encourage anyone who provided personal information to the recruiters to take the following precautions. Check your bank and credit statements for unauthorized charges.

Call the toll-free number at any of the three major bureaus:
* Equifax 1-800-685-1111

* Experian 1-888-397-3742

* TransUnion 1-800-916-8800.

Review your credit history. When you request a fraud alert, you may also request a free copy of your credit file. Review it for accuracy.
Link to the BBB about recruitment warning: http://spokane.bbb.org/article/bbb-wa-ag-and-yakama-nation-warn-be-wary-of-job-recruitment-opportunities-for-the-gulf-that-have-no-contracts-20273