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Easy work or a costly job scam?

Posted at 12:49 PM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 15:35:02-05

PHOENIX — Want some easy extra cash to pay off those holiday bills that piled up? You may be seeing some tempting job opportunities.

They promise a lot of money for a little work.

Judy's opportunity came through a text. It promised $550 a week if she slapped some ads on her car. Judy agreed and got a check for $1,900 upfront. The "employer" then pushed her to deposit the check over and over again.

When she questioned it, the "employer" told her if she didn't deposit it, she would be arrested. She's still waiting... and lucky she found out it was a scam before spending any of her money.

Most job scams work the same way. You get a big check upfront. You deposit it and the "employer" needs some of it sent back to them for various reasons. It's after you send them your good money, that you find their check is fake.

Stephanie found that out after accepting a shopping job. She's a student, looking for a little extra money.

So when they promised $4,000 for 10 tasks a month, she was in. Her first job would be evaluating the U.S. Postal Service.

The "employer" sent her a check for nearly $3,000. She would use it to buy about $2,600 worth of money orders at the post office, and send them to a Vermont address.

That's like sending cash.

Stephanie was told she could keep the rest. So she did it.

It wasn't until a couple of days later she found out their check was fake.

Her money was gone.

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