Elaborate scam targets young people searching for summer jobs

Scam Alert

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Better Business Bureau of Middle Tennessee is warning job hunters to be on alert for summer job offer scams.

An elaborate scam put a local college student out around $1,500 and two others also fell victim.

Here is how the scam worked. The students responded to an online posting for a summer nanny job. They were told they would be working for a family supposedly moving from California to Green Hills.

“Most of them communicated with their nanny over the internet and through email. They really never met. They even ended up hiring them and sending them checks in advance for a month’s pay in advance,” said Kathleen Calligan, CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Middle Tennessee.

The crooks then told the nannies that construction workers were fixing up the Green Hills home they were moving into, and then they asked for a favor.

“Then they were asked to help the family out when they had been detained from getting to their new home in Nashville by paying a construction worker who had done work around the home,” said Calligan.

They asked the nannies to front the money from their advanced pay. The check ended up being fraudulent, so when it didn’t go through at the bank, the nannies were out the money they gave the workers.

“It’s sad,” said Olivia Thom, a college student. “It’s really sad that people are scamming college students because they know they’re in debt already.”

“That’s just messed up, honestly. I would be heartbroken if that happened to me. I wouldn’t know what to do,” said another college student, Haley Spicuzza.

So if you are looking for a summer job, be on alert. Here are some red flags to look out for:

  • You get the job right away
  • They say they will send you money or valuables, or they want to use your personal bank account to transfer funds
  • They want you to pay for something
  • Over payments

For additional information, click here to visit the Better Business Bureau.

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