GREENWICH, Conn. -- A Greenwich resident fell victim earlier this month to a check-cashing scam as part of a purported job offer, police said Thursday.
The victim was contacted via email by a scammer who claimed she was an employee in the human resource department of a prominent healthcare company. In the email, they offered the victim an "at-home" position within the company, police said.
The victim accepted the offer and signed a contract, taking the position with the company, police said.
The victim's new “employer” then mailed a check to the victim to deposit into her personal banking account. The victim would then write a check to another company for a similar amount minus her “salary” for the transaction, police said.
After several transactions, the victim's personal bank advised her that the last check she had attempted to deposit was fraudulent and that her account was overdrawn for several thousand dollars, police said. The victim then realized that she had become a victim of a scam and went to police.
Police said it is example of an old scam in which con artists use fake job offers to bait and hook new victims and perpetrate a “check-cashing” scam. In this scam, the goal is to steal money from the victim through money-laundering, police said.
The victim often is unwittingly helping the thief steal money from someone else as well, police said.
Police said never trust any new job where the employer expects you to send money to the employer or any job where you get a check before actually doing any work.