A local woman is offered a job as a secret shopper, but it turns out to be a scam.
In this 11 Call For Action Alert, she wants to warn everyone in case they get the same offer.
Koreena Montano got a package in the mail with instructions and a cashier's check for $1,900.
She was instructed to cash the check, keep $200 for herself, and then wire the rest to an account in the Philippines.
Montano was also told to report back on the customer service she received while wiring the money.
Montano tells 11 News she is actually looking for a job. Her resume is posted online, so when she got the job offer,she didn't think it sounded suspicious at first.
She didn't realize it was a scam until her husband took a closer look at the check.
"I didn't know for sure until my husband held this up to the light and if you hold it at the right angle, you can see little specs and it says void all over the check," said Montano.
She didn't fall it for the scam, but she's worried someone else might.
"I honestly did think it was real for a second and it just scares me because I know a lot of people who would actually go and cash it because money is tight," said Montano.
According to 11 Call For Action's Betty Sexton, the most important takeaway from this scam is to never cash a stranger's check and wire money overseas. This is a dead giveaway that this is a scam. A legitimate employer will never ask you to do this.
Keep in mind that some checks look real, and might even fool bank tellers, but you are responsible for the checks you deposit.
If a check bounces, the bank will deduct funds from your account.
If you have something you would like us to look into, you can make a Call For Action by calling 719-457-8211.
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