If you’re looking for a job online, you need to be careful and make sure it’s real. A Wichita woman was hoping to land a side job. She befriended the person she thought would be her new employer – a decision he regrets.
Trisha Branson is a cook at a Wichita church daycare facility. She was hoping to make some extra money for the upcoming holidays, so she applied for a housekeeping job on Craigslist.
“I contacted him through email,” Trisha says. “He said he needed a good Christian person to help his family get setup over here, because he was overseas. And I said I would be willing to do that"
He said he would pay her $200 a month to help get his family set up in Wichita.
“He says now that I’m overseas…they will send you a check for $2,800. I will give you 300, and I need the rest of it sent to the art dealer and they will send the stuff from the art dealer," Trisha says.
She got the check and it appeared to be from a legitimate bank, or so she thought.
“By this time, he quit emailing and started texting me very personable,” she says. “And he wanted to know what church to go to, and I thought this is going to work out."
But it didn’t work out. The check was a fake. And even though Trisha feels duped, she got lucky. Her bank held the check and didn’t cash it, saving Trisha’s bank account. She says the next time she won’t be so trusting.
“You just can't put your faith into people and it's sad," she says.
If you are looking at job openings online, here are a few red flags:
- You are asked to give credit card, bank or account numbers
- You are asked to send a payment by wire service or courier
- You are offered a large payment in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account – often depositing checks or transferring money
- You are asked to complete a background check before you can be considered for the position
- The job posting doesn’t mention the responsibilities of the job; rather it focuses on the amount of money you will make
If you think you’re being scammed or ripped off, report it to the Better Business Bureau at 1-800-856-2417. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.