In tough economic times people often look for creative ways to seek employment which sometimes can make them more susceptible to scams. A Frederick County woman is speaking out after becoming a victim of fraud in hopes of preventing it from happening to anyone else. She placed ads on Craigslist seeking employment as a nanny and as a senior care worker. The 40-year-old received e-mails in response to her posting, offering her employment as a personal assistant. In the e-mails the supposed employer asked her to cash checks that they would mail her, and she was told to send the money by various means to other accounts. The scam involved cashier’s checks. The victim is now out more than $2,400.
Craigslist offers tips on its website to prevent from becoming a victim of fraud and scams. It suggests dealing locally, never wiring funds, and never giving out financial information. There is also information on Craigslist on how to recognize a scam.
The Winchester Police Department reminds residents to be vigilant about over the phone or e-mail based financial transactions, especially ones that are unsolicited. If you believe you have been a victim of fraud, you should file a police report.
This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office) firstname.lastname@example.org