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Recycled scam targets those wanting to ‘work from home’

By October 24, 2018 No Comments

An old employment scam is getting new life in a more sophisticated form. It happened to a Jefferson County man who was lured in with a promise of good pay and the advantages of working from home. ABC3340’s I-team spoke with the lead detective on the case to find out how the scam works and how to avoid getting ripped off.

The scammers hired the victim pretending to be a national healthcare company. They found him through his resume posting on indeed.com. Once hired, he was sent cashiers checks which he in turn deposited into his private account. The money was used to pay other employees and buy equipment before the checks started to bounce. Even though he had no criminal intentions and was not in on the scam, he is out the money that was “spent” which amounted to close to $40,000.

The case was turned over to federal agencies, but it will be a long shot to catch the scammers.

In the past year the Better Business Bureau’s scamtracker logged 4,391 employment scams. Seventy of those were reported in the state of Alabama.

The BBB provided this detailed information about what they are hearing from the public:

“Most of the reports are from people who describe being contacted on the internet for a work-from-home position paying an exorbitant amount of money for minimal work. They are usually contacted through email; however, some report being contacted through other methods including Facebook messenger and WhatsApp. In one version, the scammer sends a fake check to “pay a bill” (you’ve been hired as a personal assistant). You keep a portion of the check for yourself as payment, but you wire the rest back to the scammer as a “bill payment”. When the check bounces, you’re out all the money you sent to the scammer and anything else you spent from the check.

Another version requires you to send your money to the scammer to pay for “supplies” like software required for the “job.” They pay you your first paycheck in advance so that you have funds to do this. Turns out, the check they send you is fake and once you send them the money for “supplies,” you never hear from them again.”

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