Child care provider almost scammedPosted: Updated:
Kathy Murrieta is searching for a job these days and like many jobseekers, she found herself looking on the Internet.
"Well, right now, I am not working," Murrieta said. "But, I am really good at child care. I've been doing that for years."
So, when Murrieta came across a nanny job paying $1,200 a month, she was excited. Through several emails, Murrieta said she corresponded with a woman who claimed to be coming from out of the country and needed someone to temporarily watch her 4-year-old child for just one month.
"Three hundred dollars a week, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday," Murrieta said. "That's a really good deal for child care. That's a really good deal."
Murrieta accepted the job and the money got even better when the woman offered to pay Murrieta in advance, even mailing her a check via UPS for more than $1,900. It's a lot more than the $1,200 she was promised and that piqued Murrieta's interest.
"Yeah, I was excited about it," she said. "I said, 'You know, this is a good deal.'"
There was just one hitch. Murrieta was supposed to deposit the check and then doing something else that just didn't sit well with Murrieta.
"The lady wanted me to keep $300 for myself and then forward the rest to her travel agent and you know, it just didn't feel good," she said.
Murrieta said she new if she deposited that authentic-looking check and then forwarded more than a thousand dollars as instructed, she would later discover the check was bad. But by then, Murrieta would have already wired the money off to the scammer and she'd be responsible for all that money.
Murrieta admits she almost got caught up in the scam, all because the money was so good and the check looked so real.
"I still look at it and say, 'I want to cash it!' I do," Murrieta said.
If someone you don't know mails you a check or if you are ever asked to wire money, it's a 100 percent scam.