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CFA Alert: Want Ads

If you're looking for a job and are combing the help wanted section in the newspaper beware. A bunch of crooks are out there preying on job seekers. So far they've taken in at least 70 victims in southern Colorado.

Larry Grebas was excited when he saw the ad for errand runner in the gazette. He lost his job a few months ago and this one sounded promising.

But Larry got suspicious when he was told to fill out this online contract providing very detailed, personal information.

"The information they wanted about my driver's license, my bank account, my social security number, and started drawing red flags."

Larry's lucky. He didn't fill out the contract.

The company called CG18 is one we've told you about before only for victim Jim Devasco it was CG18 which stole his identity and cleaned out his savings.

"I don't have a bank account. I don't have any money. How am I going to look for a job without money to buy gas or whatever."

For Larry and Jackie Grebas the saddest part is the crooks are preying on those who can't afford to lose money.

"I don't have the proper words to say how low they are. That's just awful to do that to somebody who's already vulnerable."

"If people aren't cautious they're going to get your identity and your life will be destroyed."

Area newspapers are policing their ads but they keep popping up.

The district attorney's office is taking information from victims. But U.S. customs is the agency trying to find the culprits.

It's believed the crooks are operating out of Mexico stealing from victims who're responding to ads running in newspapers across the country.

The best advice: don't supply personal information to someone you've never met especially your social security number, your bank account number, and voided check.

In these cases, it's up to you to protect yourself.


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