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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.

8 comments

  • review site owner

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  • English101

    To the person who wrote this article :

    Please look at how many typos have been written in this very small article. HOLY COW!

  • Tricia Timms Christian

    I was also a victim I placed a post on craigslist for anyone in need of a babysitter, someone responded saying that they would send me the money in advance for a whole month of sitting and said that he could not meet me because he lived out of town and that he would be coming to my town to work, after I had cash the check. I’m not sure how this scam would benefit him. All I know is the check was fake and I did not cash it. I confronted the scam artist about this and he stopped replying. I forwarded the emails to craigslist security and they acknowledged that fact that the guy was a scam artist.

  • Aaron

    im on the hook for 19,720 from Bank of America judgement … and I didn’t get a dime of the money.. I also got 3 felony charges that I didn’t even commit.. the GPD aid when I told them what had happened and where I sent the money to and the name.. they didn’t care they had who they wanted. Bank of America was going to let me walk out of their bank with $19,720 in cash in a bag…. They said they verified the check and even called the company the check was written on.. Sad, sad, sad.. I think the banks are in on it too.. This country lets whoever and whatever reside here… that is why these things are happening too. I was very vulnerable as ell with a wife 2 children and waiting on Disability….

  • athena

    I was also a victim on craigslist.e-mailed back and fourth,next day got the same check,didnt even know this person.called the bank said it was good the first time when i called again after not hearing from this man no phone,,,,,so if you get a vheck ,,,its same thing.

  • Diane Purcell

    90% of the job ads on craigslist are false – particularly the ones who give any email address other than craigslist as a reply portal. Receptionists or office assistants are not paid $13 or more an hour, for one thing – so you know right away that’s false. They want your personal information so they can call and try to recruit you for call-centers or insurance recruitment for sales. This is nothing new. Best to sign with an agency, or ask for information via email before ever sending your resume or giving your number. Common sense, folks….watch out for yourselves.

  • Rhonda Wilson Bescher

    I put a post on Craigslist last year (Nov-Dec) trying to find work. I got so many emails from one particular person asking if I would be willing to be a payroll clerk for their company, supposedly out of Dallas. I asked for more information, and they said I would be printing checks to mail out to their employees and contractors. Alarms went off in my head very quickly as I realized this was a scam. They kept persisting, until I finally told them I have no interest in helping them funnel money into their drug or terrorist organizations. i never heard from them again afterwards.

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