Published: Jul 15, 2010 10:56 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 15, 2010 7:47 PM EDT

Paul Festa spends his afternoons online searching for jobs. He's finishing up a degree and looking for work on the side.

"This gentleman was looking for someone to help with his move. I thought maybe it was a good opportunity," said Festa.

Festa applied, and got a reply. The man sent him these money orders for $1900 as an advance payment. They look real, but they're fake, and could have gotten him into some real trouble.

"Once they get your account, they're gonna take money from you. It makes me very upset," said Festa.

The crook wanted him to deposit the fake money into his account, and wire him back half the cash. The Lee County Sheriffs Department says people fall for this more often than you'd think.

"People really are willing to do odd things they might not consider before. They have rent to pay, they need food, their kids need shoes," said Beth Schell.

Other phoney employers ask people for credit checks, social security numbers, or any other information they can use to steal your cash. The worst part: scammers are too tough to track.

Luckily Festa knew better, and reported the scammer to police. He's hoping his stories will teach others to watch out.