Henderson mans warns of online job scam
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CREATED Aug. 30, 2013
Henderson, NV (KTNV) -- Many of us surf the web for work these days. But beware. Along with legitimate job postings, many thieves are disguising their scams to look like a great opportunity.
"I'm a little angry and a little disappointed," said Michael Wyatt.
He's is frustrated with his recent online search for work. The retiree said he's looking for some extra cash, before the holiday season.
"I went to Craigslist and looked in the transport section, because I've been involved in transportation and distribution for many years," said Michael.
That's where he found a job posting by an advertising agency. They were looking for drivers willing to put vinyl decals on their cars, advertising for an unnamed cracker company. The best part was the pay.
"Drive your vehicle for $500 a week. Now just drive around? That seemed like a rather good deal," said Michael.
He emailed the company, letting them know he was interested. They wrote back, asking for some basic information like his name and address, plus what kind of car he drives.
The same day he sent them his information, the company wrote back, letting him know he had the job. But Michael said he started to notice some red flags.
"They never would say how many hours or how many miles I would be required to drive. When I asked them questions, I did not get answers," said Michael.
Red flag number two: He said the emails from the company, weren't written very professionally. This line describing the job is a perfect example: "It's all about you have your vehicle doors wrapped and you make money weekly while your drive around."
"It's like, wait a minute. Somebody working for a legitimate company, would not respond this way," said Michael.
And number three: He was surprised to learn they were sending him a paycheck, before he even started working.
"They said they would send us a check for so much money, $500 plus the amount to cover when the man comes to put the vinyl on," said Michael.
What he got was a check for a whopping $2,650. That's when Michael emailed Contact 13. We had our own suspicions about the check from a credit union in Alaska. So we called the credit union, who tells us the check is actually fake.
We also emailed the company who contacted Michael about this job, but they never responded. And we found Craigslist has removed the job posting. Now Michael is warning others to be careful when contacting someone you don't know about a job.
"Look at the emails very close, and be aware if questions are not answered. I should have picked up on this quicker," said Michael.
So here's the Contact 13 bottom line: If you get a check in the mail from someone you don't know, ask your bank if it's legit. In this case, the scammer is hoping to trick a driver into paying to have an ad put on their car. By the time you learn the check is fake, the scammer is long gone with the cash. And you're responsible for paying that money back to the bank.
If you think you may be the victim of a scam, remember we've got your back Las Vegas. Send an email to email@example.com, and we'll see what we can do to help.