Scam Alert: Job Seekers Targeted

By John W. Davis

May 11, 2011 Updated May 11, 2011 at 10:12 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - A job application turns into a $3,500 dollar check scam.

Indiana's NewsCenter has learned this is a newer version of an old e-mail scam.

The scam began a few weeks ago, when a Fort Wayne woman wanted to make some extra cash.

Shely McGuire saw a job posting on a bulletin board at a local college.

McGuire emailed her resume for an experience caregiver position.

McGuire said the scammers emailed her back, writing that she was perfect for the job, and to expect a check in the mail very soon.

Meanwhile, McGuire was curious about a few details and emailed back, requesting to talk to the prospective employer on the phone.

She never received a phone call back.

A few days later, the alleged employer emailed her back, asking why they had not heard from her.

She emailed back that she would not accept the job until they answered her questions over the phone.

At that point, she thought this journey was over.

On Tuesday, May 10, McGuire received a FedEx envelope, inside a check for $3,500 dollars.

Her instructions said, out of the $3,500 dollars, keep $450 for your wages.

Keep another $100 dollars for your inconvenience of depositing the check.

The instructions ended by requesting that McGuire send the remaining $2,950 to a real estate agent in Delaware, so the Realtor could make living arrangements for the person that needed her services as a caregiver.

If McGuire would have fell for the scam, she would have been out of $2,950 dollars.

Luckily, McGuire did not fall for it.

However, she wants others to learn from her experience.

"What makes this scam a little bit different is the checks, that these scammers are using, the logos on them are actually from a legitimate college and a legitimate bank," said Fort Wayne Resident Shely McGuire.

"The check looks very legitimate because they are actually from existing institutions, which is why it's very easy for people to be scammed in this," explained McGuire.

McGuire reported the scam to Fort Wayne Police, FedEx and the Better Business Bureau.

She said the red flag for her was when the prospective employer never wanted to talk over the phone, only by email.

At that point, McGuire knew this was a scam.

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