For many people out of work, just about any job opportunity might be too good to pass up. Unfortunately, some con artists know that too.
For two people looking for jobs on Craigslist, their instincts likely saved them thousands of dollars when they noticed something wasn't right with a job offer.
Kerri Humphrey and Jason Brown both came across what seemed to be legitimate job opportunities -- in Humphrey's case as a personal assistant, for Brown, working as a house cleaner.
Both received cashier's checks for substantial amounts.
The catch? The potential "employers" wanted them to deposit the check into their personal accounts and then buy money cards.
"As soon as I got the check I started delaying him because I wanted to go get it checked out before because I've heard of schemes where a check is involved," Humphrey said.
Kevin Hinderberger with the Better Business Bureau says if the phony check is chased, the scammer just needs the information from the money card. Then they can take that money.
The person who cashed the check could wind up on the hook for thousands of dollars.
Both Humphrey and Brown wisely stopped communication with the potential "employers," never cashed the checks and never bought the money cards.
"People are just going to have to pay attention," Humphrey said.