BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota attorney general is warning about scammers who are taking advantage of the unemployment crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic.

The scammers are creating phony websites that offer fake work-from-home opportunities, according to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.

Victims are lured into the scam with a spam email or online ad and after completing an applications, they are offered a bogus quality control or inventory inspection job.

Participants are actually being used to receive and ship stolen merchandise and could be caught up in a crime, Stenehjem said. One scam website, Nimcare Insurance, uses a Bismarck street address, but the company doesn't exist.

“Never assume a business website and business address you are unfamiliar with are legitimate or you could become the next scam victim and lose your money,” Stenehjem said.