Scam Alert: Online part-time works almost leaves woman out $1600 - WNCT

Scam Alert: Online part-time works almost leaves woman out $1600

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - An eastern North Carolina woman is trying to warn others about a online business scam.

Faryal Ahmed was looking for a part-time job when she came across an online job offering from a company claiming to be TCL Corporations.

"I had to call suppliers and tell them what the people needed, and they would send me money and I would send it to them," said Ahmed.

Ahmed was skeptical at first, but after she and friend researched the company online it appeared to be a legitimate corporation. The company had an animated website and even an A- rating from the Better Business Bureau.

After sending an inquiry email, a corporation representative sent her an overnight package with an employment letter, instructions, and a check. All she had to do was deposit the check in her bank account, then send the extra cash via Western Union to an address in Georgia. After she sent the money, that’s when she realized she was about to be a victim of scam.

“I was shaking and I was like terrified. I was so terrified. I had to call the back stop the deposit, call Western Union tell them to stop the transfer. Thank god they didn't pick it up, otherwise I would have lost 1600 dollars," said Ahmed.

For Ahmed it was a hard lesson to learn, but she says she won’t fall for these type of scams in the future.

The North Carolina Department of Justice offers the following tips for spotting a fake check scam:

  • You’ve been told that you’ve won a lottery called “El Mundo,” “El Gordo” or from a foreign country such as Canada, Costa Rica or Australia.
  • You’re told to wire, send, or ship money immediately to a large U.S. city or abroad, especially to England, Canada, Nigeria, Costa Rica or Jamaica.
  • You’ve posted an item for sale online and receive a check for more than your asking price.
  • You’re told that you can receive a commission for transferring money through your account.
  • You get an email or telephone request to confirm, update or provide your personal account information.
If you have received one of these checks contact the NCDOJ at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.

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