With jobs so scarce these days, it would certainly be tempting to apply for a job paying $28 an hour to work from home. It sounds too good to be true, and a Nashville woman recently discovered it was.
Unlike the usual scams, this one seemed to be a reputable company with ties to the University of North Carolina. It had an elaborate website and there were no complaints on the Internet - until last week.
"I did my homework, and I looked around and there was nothing, nothing there," she said.
The woman has asked not to be identified, but she is one of a host of victims who have been conned by a company called SUS Partnership. Her assignment was to help international exchange students relocate to the U.S.
"If they've given you work for 30 days and you're just five days away from receiving your first paycheck at $28 an hour and they ask you to go to the airport, it sounds totally legit," she said.
What wasn't legit was the $3,000 check the company wired into her Suntrust bank account three weeks in, money that was supposed to be spent getting the student settled in.
Then, a red flag.
"She called me when I was at the bank and she's like, if you don't get this done you're going to lose your job. These kids are flying and it's your responsibility. It was a lot of guilt and aggressiveness," the victim said.
Fraud investigators for Suntrust stopped the transaction.
Turns out, the company has no ties at all to the University of North Carolina, and the Better Business Bureau in Greensboro says the whole thing is bogus.
But those who've already fallen for the scam are still suffering.
"I've never seen anything like it. I've been baffled from the minute I found out, until this very moment, because I'm still going though the banking horror," the victim said.
She said her biggest concern is that this company not only has bank account information but also her driver's license, Social Security number and other personal information that could be used to steal her identity.
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