Work-from-Home Scam

Job hunters are coming up with insufficient funds after falling for work-from-home job postings.

Who Is It Targeting: Individuals on job hunting websites

What Is It: Scammers are posing as hiring directors of BoomCare, a medical device company, and contacting job hunters with illegitimate work-from-home job opportunities. After conducting a job interview over email, the candidate is hired and told by the scammer they will be sent a check to cover the costs for their home computer and software. In this example, after receiving the check, the woman was instructed to cash and deposit it into her own account using her mobile banking app on her phone. From there, she followed instructions to withdraw that money and wire it to BoomCare’s fake computer firm in order to receive the necessary computer equipment. The check bounced and the victim was told she now owed the bank the full amount.

What Are They After: Money

How Can You Avoid It:

  • Never give personal information over email.
  • Be wary of any company that sends you money in advance.
  • Always have a teller review a check before depositing it into your bank account. By depositing the check through a banking app, you can not verify its legitimacy.

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For full details of this scam check out this article from WCPO.

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