Employment scam: Woman loses $1K in fake cannabis business employment scam

DENVER (KDVR) — Fake job listings rank among the top 11 job scams in the nation, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

Sonya Perez tells FOX31, responding to work-from-home data entry job listings on social media, that was the key to moving her family forward.

“You’re trying to leave these boundaries because you’re looking for work for your family,” she said.

A so-called cannabis industry representative sent Perez text messages saying the job paid $30 an hour for training and $17 an hour. Soon after, the man made a general request.

“That’s when I started to doubt [when] They asked me to send them $1,000,” Perez said.

The scammer offered to support the request by sending a $2,500 check to Perez’s bank account as a goodwill measure. Perez sent $1,000, but the sender’s check was never cleared by the bank. This is called an overpayment scam.

The FTC reports that top employment scams include fake offers for jobs, reselling products, mystery shopping, and providing nanny, caregiver, and government services. Most offer the opportunity to work from home.

Red flags include overpayment offers.

Perez warns anyone who encounters a deal that sounds too good to be true to consider making sense before you act.

“There is no way they will process the CEO hiring. For me to send them a thousand dollars, especially a large corporation, no, I don’t think so,” she said.

Perez later learned that the cannabis business didn’t even exist in Colorado.

The FTC recommends doing a Google search on companies posting online jobs. Include the word “scam” in the search. Don’t expect to be paid to apply for a job, and never rely on checks that haven’t been cleared by your bank.