Area law enforcement is warning people of a new scam, in which you are offered a job, service or payment from online trading websites such as Craigslist
Police have been getting complaints from residents where they were offered a job and the resident ended up being a victim of a scam, when the purported “employer” sends the victim a check for a usually between $1,000 and $5,000.
The “employer” will tell the victim to cash the check at their bank and keep a small portion of the money for themselves, either to be their first paycheck or to complete a certain task.
The remainder of the money is to be sent back to the “employer” via a money order or wire transfer.
The check is actually fraudulent and the victim would then be responsible for the lost money that they received when they cashed or deposited the check at their bank.
One of the most common types of job offers is secret shoppers, vehicle graphic wrapping services and mystery diners at a restaurant. If you feel you have been the victim of a scam, contact your local law enforcement agency.