Job hunters beware: A scam that will cost you
Simone Del Rosario
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A Tucson man narrowly misses getting cheated out of nearly $2,000 when searching for a job.
Kevin Morse said his job search is mainly focused on the Internet, searching websites like Craigslist, Monster and Tucson Help Wanted.
On Craigslist, he got a bite: A job posting for a personal assistant proclaiming to be from Livestrong Inc, not unlike Lance Armstrong's Livestrong Foundation.
The company description said it acted as a liaison between donors and charity organizations.
Morse applied: "It's not so much of a problem from that go; it seems pretty legit."
He said the first red flag was the company hiring him after just giving them his name, address and phone number.
The next red flag was his first task. The company mailed him a check from a donor and asked him to cash the check at his bank, take $100 for himself for gas money, and wire the rest to a charity in the Phillipines.
Morse didn't buy it, and called the company the check supposedly came from.
"They straight-out said this is a fraudulent thing; they have no records of this," Morse said.
But had Morse cashed the check, he would have been held responsible when it bounced, and the money he would have wired would be long gone.
Morse caught on before it was too late, but deputies tell Nine On Your Side this is definitely a scam and people fall for it. They said if any company is asking you to involve your bank account with their business, you shouldn't involve yourself any further.