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EMPLOYMENT SCAM: Woman loses $1K to fake cannabis business employment scam

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

Sonya Perez tells FOX31, she responded to a work-from-home data entry job listing on social media that seemed to be the key to moving her family ahead.

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

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

“When I started getting suspicious is [when] they asked me to send them $1,000,” said Perez.

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

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