Common Internet Scams
Protect Yourself Against Fraudsters
Common Internet ScamsComment October 24, 2013 by Triangle Credit Union
In these tough and uncertain economic times, it’s disheartening to see fraudsters preying on those looking for hope that tomorrow will be better. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what we’re seeing in our branches. In recent weeks, we have seen a sharp increase in the number of our members being targeted by internet scams. In the hope that we can help prevent further losses for our members, here’s what we have been seeing:
Craigslist Job Opportunity
Members are being contacted for job opportunities through Craigslist postings. Often the story is that the job is to help a family move. The fraudster will send our member a check, usually for around $3,000. Our member is told to then wire most of the money to the family’s landlord for advance rent. The rest of the funds are to purchase food for when the family arrives and for payment to our member. All checks are being returned as “altered/fictitious”.
Members are being contacted by someone claiming to be from Care.com. Often the story is that the job is to care for a disabled child. Again, the fraudster will send our member a check, usually for around $3,000. Our member is told to then wire most of the money to a company to purchase a wheelchair, and keep the remaining funds. All checks are being returned as “altered/fictitious”. Care.com is aware that fraudsters will use their site to prey on those looking for legitimate work, and have compiled a helpful list to consider before taking any offer. They advise that you never accept payment from a care seeker without having first met the seeker and going through an interview process. They also advise that you never wire money back to someone who pays you by check.