Monday, May 18, 2009
Attorney General Tom Corbett says there have been many complaints about job scams on web sites like Craigslist that offer high pay for part-time work. He says young people in search of summer work should especially be wary. The jobs have a few common themes: consumers work from home, cannot meet with employer in person and need to respond to advertisements quickly. But the one aspect that sets these scams apart from actual jobs is that consumers will be asked to wire-transfer money to another person. Corbett says these "employees" are depositing counterfeit checks or money orders into their bank accounts and then wire-transferring that money to scam artists overseas. Once the counterfeit checks are returned, banks turn to the consumer to repay the money withdrawn.