Finally, an “I was scammed” story with something like a happy ending. A reader writes [links added by me]:
I’d just had a baby and was looking for a way to work at home. I was searching and searching and I got an e-mail from a company named Haworth Solutions, and boy was their site well displayed to lead me to think I was actually employed by a legit company.
Basically it was a wire transfer or fake check scam. I opened a bank account to make sure the job money didn’t mix with my own money, they wired me $7800 and e-mailed me specific instructions on who to send the money to. My gut at first told me this must not be legal, but I filled out application forms and everything. It was really fancy.
Well I sent the money, and while I’m out and about, a gentleman kept calling my cell phone asking me had I sent the money, so I thought OMG they’re checking on me! So I finish sending the money and go home. When I check the bank account the next day to see if they had wired more money so that I can head to work, I was in the negative by $7800. My life changed in one second. Not only was I out the $7800 but the bank froze my other account and told me I will not be able to withdraw my money at all. And the rent was due, so you can imagine.
Well, for me it was a happy ending. I made all the reports that I had to, to the FBI, printed out that website, and about 3 months later in the investigation, the bank closed all my accounts, told me i could no longer be a client, but allowed me to withdraw the money from my other account and didn’t hold me liable for the $7800.
This could easily have been a financial disaster in this reader’s life! I’m glad the bank saw that she was a victim, too, and didn’t hold her responsible for all that money. The Internet is full of scumbags, folks. Arm yourself with knowledge by reading more about online scams. We recommend IveTriedThat.com as a starting point!