• Action 9: Woman says she was taken in by scheme targeting job seekers

    By: Don Griffin


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - One local woman thought she hit the jackpot when she was immediately offered a high-paying job on monster.com, but instead she was part of a scheme, targeting people in need of a job.

    Stephanie Black has been looking for work. She posted her resume on monster.com, a well-known job-listing website. She was immediately offered a high-paying collections job working from home.

    "I go, 'That's $72,000 a year,' which is something favorable to what I used to make," Black said.

    Black didn't realize it was a bogus offer from scammers. She didn't think twice when they sent her a fake check for nearly $1,900. She followed instruction to deposit it in her account and wire the money to someone else for office tools.

    "It fell totally apart," Black said. "It fell so apart that now, I'm questioning myself."

    Two days later, her bank notified her the check was worthless and her balance was minus $1,866.

    "I'm dumbfounded and didn't know any better," Black said. "I'm taking this for what it was worth. I just got scammed."

    The Better Business Bureau has a warning about posting resumes online. They say the first response received may be from scammers, who troll the websites. They build up job seekers, telling them they are exactly what they are looking for.

    "(They) get them excited that they got this job and then boom, here comes the rest of the story and the next thing you know, you're in her situation of losing money," said Tom Bartholomy with the local chapter of the BBB.

    Bartholomy said if at any point you're asked to wire money, don't do it.

    Black has a warning for others – don't be a victim like her.

    "They just want what you have and you're left with nothing, you're left holding the bag with nothing," Black said.

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