Personal assistant job scam making the rounds

FRANKLIN, Ind. (WISH) — So many people post their resume online nowadays hoping to network and find work. But one Franklin woman wants to warn others so they don’t fall for a scam that she almost did. The offer includes quick cash for easy work.

The woman I-Team 8 talked to didn’t want to go on camera but says she posted her resume on a number of websites and that’s where she thinks the guy found her information.

She exchanged emails with the man who says he lived in California. The email said he’s looking for a personal assistant to shop for gifts, pay bills and take care of the mail since he travels a lot. It said she’d get $600 per week and he was going to mail her first paycheck in advance. Suspicious, the woman went down to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies told her to stop emailing the guy because it was a scam. First, the man wanted to pay her before she did any work. The Better Business Bureau says often scammers want you to deposit the check to supposedly get your supplies, then wire the rest of the cash. Most often they say the checks are fake and leave you responsible for the entire amount.

As I-Team 8 learned, depositing a bogus check can cause quite a headache. Chase Bank, for example, says you could be slapped with a fee and money in your account could be frozen. So if you get a check you aren’t sure about, ask before you deposit it. During the hiring process, the BBB says ask to talk to the prospective employer on the phone or meet in person. Don’t do all communication through email.

Authorities encourage people to report these scams like this woman did to the local sheriff’s department, the BBB or the Attorney General.

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