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Watching out for job opportunities that could be scams

By Morgan Chesky - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Sometimes what sounds like opportunity knocking is really just a criminal looking to take your money. For instance, business opportunity scammers will try to lure you with empowering phrases like: work from home, be your own boss, and unlimited earning potential.

So use caution when examining a business opportunity. Spend some time and check out a company before you decide to begin work for them.

Fortunately, that's exactly what one East Texas woman did when she got a job offer through the mail, and managed to avoid a scam. 

When Marcia Dunahoo found a surprise in her mailbox she was excited.

"I was thinkin' wow," said Dunahoo.

Who wouldn't be? She found a check addressed to her home, equipped with a bank name, sender and even a routing number for a grand total of $4,025. She was told to forward money to Providence Healthcare in Waco. Doing research, she called Providence who told her it was a scam. She found the check got her contact info from a web site advertising free grocery coupons; all from a click of a mouse.

"I was angry first of all," she said.

But Donahoo isn't the only one receiving phony checks.

At Citizens State bank in Tyler Vice President Kelly Sanders explains how a fake check can look so real.

"We continue to see, in a recession, they take pieces of all of it," said Sanders.

And with con artists coming up with new material every day, Sanders says the bank is doing their part to keep you safe.

"There's always a new scam comin' on the horizon," said Sanders.

Advice that Donahoo plans to follow.

"I'm gonna look at my mail a little more carefully, not gonna cash the check," said Donahoo.

To see the entire list of job scams from the attorney general go to our home page and click on the Big Red Box. There you'll find the story "Tips for spotting scams."

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