A Liberty Township
resident was defrauded of more than $2,000 after falling victim to the
latest scam, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said: the bogus job offer.
police, on Thursday the resident reported that on April 1 he responded to a
job offer on CareerBuilder.com from a “Medi-Direct
International”--purportedly based in Nottingham, England--for a “virtual
first task after becoming a virtual assistant was to receive checks from a
third party in the U.S. who had supposedly made a purchase from Medi-Direct
and was now paying for it. The resident was instructed to cash the checks in
his personal account, deduct $150 plus a 10-percent “fee,” then send the
balance of the cash to England by buying “Reloadit Packs” through PayPower.
On April 6 the
resident duly deposited two checks in his personal account, in the amounts
of $1,280 and $1,180, from a woman in St. Peters, Mo. He then bought four
Reloadit Packs and e-mailed the card codes to Medi-Direct.
The resident was
subsequently informed by his bank that the two checks were phony and that
his account was $2,480 in the red.
The resident was
unable to make contact at that point with Medi-Direct.
In February the
Chesterton Police Department reported that two residents here were
victimized by the same bogus job offer scam, with one defrauded of $3,500
and the other of more than $5,000.
As the CPD noted at
the time, there is an obvious warning sign to heed: when you agree to a
particular transaction with a stranger and that person sends you a check far
in excess of the stipulated sum with instructions for what to do with the
balance, it’s a scam and can be nothing but a scam.