A Henrico woman is swindled out of thousands when she falls for a fraudulent job ad on craigslist.
To avoid getting burned, remember two things: employers don't pay for work you haven't done, and if you're promised part of a check or money order and instructed to 'wire' the rest, it's a scam. Don't cash the check. In most cases, the bank will make you cover the loss.
"I don't know how I'm going to pay it back," said check scam victim Nadia Markie.
Markie was hoping to get hired as a nanny and answered a craigslist ad.
"It seemed legit to me," said Markie.
A husband and wife couple sent their family photos to Markie. The husband claimed to work for the United Nations. They were moving, and the wife was screening childcare applicants to watch their boys.
The scammers groomed the single mom for weeks.
"I was suppose to start one day, and she called me up. 'Well, you know, Bryan has the flu,' which was one of her kids, and she was like 'let's start next Monday.'"
By then, she had taken the bait. They offered Markie her first week's pay: $650. But when the check arrived, it was for $2,850. Their "personal assistant" made a mistake, the couple said.
Markie was told to take out her pay, after she deposited the check, and send $2,200 back by money gram.
"I figured it was an honest mistake someone had made due to all the conversations, multiple calls a day, multiple emails. They sent pictures," said Markie.
The check bounced, and Truliant Federal Credit Union wants its money. Markie says the teller is partly responsible.
"She was like, 'oh yes, the check cleared. You're free to get your funds out,'" said Markie. "They shouldn't have allowed me to take the money out of the account if the check was not cleared."
While waiting for the Credit Union's response, we checked out a Chesterfield address. Markie said they told her she would be working here. Rich Nochisaki came to the door. He was surprised the hear what happened to Markie and said, "if it's found out who they are, I hope they're prosecuted to the fullest extent."
Markie needs a nanny job now more than ever.
"I try hard everyday, being a single mom, to live, and to have this happen... (shakes head)," said Markie.
Truliant reconsidered it's decision and has decided to take the hit for the bad check. Markie is off the hook for the money.
The Credit Union says it's sensitive to the hardship these schemes create and cares about all 180,000 members. It says it's adding this job scam to its blog to educate members.
If you've been burned, contact your local police and the Internet Crime Complaint center at ic3.gov.
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