Maria Gets Scammed

by Jack

Maria is a hard working lady, approaching the age of 50.  Her work experience had been limited to cleaning houses and some part-time retail work for several discount stores.   Then she heard about one of these online employment referral places, this is where you submit your resume and you have a lot of potential employers checking you out.   She really wasn’t getting anywhere in her current job and so she decided to do an online resume.

About a week later she got a call from a lady who said she lives in the US, but works mostly in Dubai.  She was looking for a trustworthy person to act as her personal secretary.  This  would mean answering the phone, forwarding messages and mailing things when she was in Dubai.  All of these things she could do from her own home in less than 20 hours a week.  The salary was $3500 a month!    Maria decided she would give it a try.

The next day her new boss called and said she was forwarding her a check for $2500.  She wanted Maria to deposit it in her own checking accounting and then send two checks for $750 each to two addresses in Florida.  Maria was told she could keep the balance ($1000) for her trouble.  The $2500 check arrived 3 days later and Maria did just as she was instructed…so simple and she just made a $1000!.

Some time past when she received a notice from her bank that her checking account was overdrawn.  What, that’s impossible?  She thought.   As it would turn out that $2500 check never cleared, but her checks did, but only because her bank covered some of the money for her and now they wanted their money.   Maria never heard from her mysterious employer again and she was out the $1500.

Maria was hired over the phone to do a job that she no experience in and yet paid her double what she normally earned and in less than half the time.   This seemed to good to be true.  Red flag.

Employer wants to use her checking account and her money.  Big red flag.

Next, Maria was asked to deposit this stranger’s check for $2500 and did not wait for the funds to clear before she withdrew her own money in the form of two $750 checks and sent it off.  She was so focused on getting a $1000 tip for her effort that she didn’t question why her employer couldn’t have done this for herself?  Red flag.

She didn’t tell anyone, friends, relatives or anyone at the bank what she was doing or they could have stepped in and exposed the scam before she lost her money.  ( That was just over the top stupid. )




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6 Responses to Maria Gets Scammed

  1. Libby says:

    Source, Jack?

    The lengths you go to, Jack, to distract yourself from facts at hand.

    If the cleaning lady had a decent wage and lived in “Covered California”, would she be susceptible to your fictional predators?


    • Post Scripts says:

      Libby, sometimes I really think you have slipped a gear! How can any rational person read this story and then draw a connection between Covered California health insurance and a housekeeper falling for internet scam? Then you go the extra mile and call the people that got to her…fictional?

      Holeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee keeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerap Libs, on what grounds do you assume they are fictional?!!!! They are not fictional, they are real. And these predators scam ignorant and stupid people in this country for millions. It’s a terrible crime that hurts so many Americans. Frankly, I’m surprised you haven’t been scammed yet or have you? How many times? lol

      Just for the record, this story is straight from the police logs, I only changed the name of victim and did not disclose her location or the bank involved for obvious reasons. This story was put out as a public service to warn people! Your comment was for what reason? Hint: Try adding something helpful to the story once in awhile – people might think better of you if you did.

      • Harold says:

        When the person misdirecting the problem, with unmannerly narrow mindedness, combined with hostility, and they sound too dumb to prevent themselves from being scammed as well. Then one could assume they might eventually become victim to such schemes as well as.

        Which reinforces the ‘dumb’ reference as well.

        Need a supporting Source ……. Lippy

      • Libby says:

        No source? Thought not.

        Again, it’s economic subjugation that breeds susceptibility to the blandishments of Nigerian princes.

        And your desperation for distraction is kinda pitiful. As is your President.

  2. J Soden says:

    If the deal sounds too good to be true – it probably ISN’T!

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