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Job seeker duped in online scam

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Mohammad Matin thought he found a temporary job online but he ended up getting scammed. (Source: 3TV) Mohammad Matin thought he found a temporary job online but he ended up getting scammed. (Source: 3TV)
Matin used his smartphone to deposit the $2,650 check into his Chase bank account and then put cash into a different account. (Source: 3TV) Matin used his smartphone to deposit the $2,650 check into his Chase bank account and then put cash into a different account. (Source: 3TV)
Days later, Matin's bank told him the check he had deposited was fake, but by then, it was too late because had had already forwarded the money. (Source: 3TV) Days later, Matin's bank told him the check he had deposited was fake, but by then, it was too late because had had already forwarded the money. (Source: 3TV)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

The unemployment rate remains one of the lowest in years, but there are still a lot people desperately looking for a full-time job. One Phoenix man says he was looking for work, but got scammed in the process.

"The Isis, they are our enemy. Taliban are all our enemy," Mohammad Matin said.

For six years, Matin served as a translator for U.S. Army troops in the war-torn nation of Afghanistan. And his work, as you can imagine, was extremely dangerous.

"From IEDs on the roads blasting, bombs everywhere," Matin said.

Fearing for his family's safety, Matin wound up moving to Phoenix and began looking for work. Matin eventually found a job as a forklift operator.

Unfortunately, he wound up injuring his back and even had to have back surgery. In the meantime, Matin has been without work.

"This is the fourth month that I'm jobless now," Matin said.

Needing money to pay bills, Matin went online at Craigslist and found what he thought was a good, temporary job. It was senior living facility looking for someone to paint some decorative art work inside.

Matin accepted the job and his so-called boss mailed him a check so that he could order art supplies. Matin showed 3 On Your Side the amount printed on the check.

"$2,650," Matin said.

Matin used his smart phone to deposit the $2,650 check into his Chase bank account. He was then told what to do next.

"Your assignment is to take out $2,150 cash from your account and deposit it to another account," Matin said were his instructions.

Matin withdrew the money and deposited into another account for those art supplies.

But days later, Matin's bank told him the check he had deposited was fake, but by then, it was too late because he had already forwarded the money. That now means Matin is out all $2,150.

"I'm in a very bad situation now sir," Matin said.

A bad situation indeed. And get this, 3 On Your Side discovered the scammer is actually using the name of a legitimate and reputable senior care facility to dupe people. 3 On Your Side contacted that company to tell them their name is fraudulently being used.

As for the scammer, we tried numerous times calling, but no one ever answered and there was no voice mail.

In the meantime, Matin is out a lot of money and he's still out of a job.

"I need to solve my problem sir to pay the rent, the bills, my kids need notebook, pencil, pen, clothes," Matin said.

If you get a big check from someone and you've never met them, that's a huge red flag that it's a scam.

Craigslist does what it can to warn people but many times, but folks still fall for it so be careful. 

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