Taking Action: BBB warns against summer job scams

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Don’t let the heat cloud your judgement.  Online job scammers are at it again this summer. They’re targeting people like students or anyone looking to make fast cash.

“One of the ones that we got reported to us was a woman that found a guy on Facebook that was offering an opportunity to have your car wrapped and then you would make money by driving around, advertising for a business,” said Michele Mason with the Better Business Bureau of North Alabama. 

In this case, the scam artists sent a check. They told the woman to cash it and then wire some of the funds back to them, but they told her to keep some of the money as her payment. The problem is that the check is counterfeit, so none of the funds are good.

“The very sad thing about this is that you’re looking for a job if you’re responding to this,” said Mason. “So you’re probably already in a financial situation that’s not good, so now you’re in a worse situation because you’ve lost money, it could be thousands of dollars.”

If the bank does cash your counterfeit check and you get caught, then you are in even deeper trouble. The financial institution will make you pay back the entire amount of the check.

Just like you see on the beach this summer, watch out for the red flags, especially on social media. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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