Troubleshooter investigates a job offer scam

A gov't website is supposed to help residents find a job; one woman found herself with no job and out a $110.
January 31, 2014 3:11:56 PM PST
A government website is supposed to help Triangle residents find a job; instead, one woman found herself with no job and out a $110.

A Garner woman had been looking for a job and finally thought the search was over. She was told she was hired; all she needed to do was pay for a background check.

It is a daily task; Christine Howard searches job listings on a government run site called "NCWorks."

"It gave a little bit about what you did, removing biohazard waste material. That's as far as it went. And it had a phone number. So I called the number," Christine said.

After doing a phone interview, she got the job from Inavision Medical, she says a rep told her she would need to pass a background check first.

"What you would have to do was pay for your background check ahead of time and in your first pay check you'll be reimbursed," Christine said.

She says she was instructed to get a moneygram for $110 and send it to them. After she sent the money, she heard nothing else, and could not get in touch with anyone from Inavision, her $110 gone.

"I cried. I was very devastated when I found out, I didn't know what to do?we spent money that was needed, grocery money," Christine said.

She says desperation led her to ignore the red flags, and hopes other job seekers do not fall for fake job offers.

NCWorks does have a warning on their website-telling people to always be on the lookout for job scams. A rep said many of the scams come from third party websites, so be sure to check the source of the job as it will tell you where that posting came from.

The best advice, research the company and a big red flag is any offer that demands you pay to get a job, especially if they ask you to pay for training, or background check and drug test.

Christine may never get her money back, but we are happy to say she has found a job.

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