Beware of the latest online check scams disguised as job offers. This scam resulted from the person submitting her resume
to an online job board. The scammer offered her a job depositing checks
(that turned out to be worthless) and wiring most of the money. She would keep a percentage as her payment.
Online check scams have similar traits:
- The scammer asks you to cash checks, keep a percentage, and wire the rest back. The checks are phony but you wired real money, so when the check you deposited bounces, you have to pay the bank back the amount you wired.
- The scammer pays you much more than the asking price of what you are selling, asking you to wire the difference back. As above, the checks are fraudulent, so you lose your product and the difference you wired back.