LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Sometimes, you can find a new job on Craigslist. That was the goal of one North Fort Myers woman. But after she applied she started to realize the job was too good to be true.
This job gives you money and then takes away. It's a story you'll see only on WINK.
This North Fort Myers woman was looking for a job and thought she found a good one. "It was on Craigslist for light detailed labor and light detailed work," she said.
We are hiding her face to protect her identity. Excited about the prospect, she responded to the ad, but what happened after that, had her asking questions.
The woman got checks in the mail, both worth thousands of dollars. The money came with instructions "To get a moneygram (from Western Union) and send it to this other person," she said.
That's when she realized, this wasn't a new job at all, it was a scam.
And its happening across Lee County. In the last 24 hours, the Lee County Sheriff's Office fraud tip line has received at least four calls.
Lee County's crime prevention specialist says criminals will use Craigslist to attract unsuspecting victims.
"The red flags are wiring money. Sending you a check. Not being able to meet with you. Telling you they are out of the country on some type of emergency and they can only communicate via email," said Crime Prevention Specialist Beth Schell.
As for this woman, she's happy she didn't get duped.She hopes others will learn to be more aware thanks to her story.
"Just don't fall for it. the economy's in enough trouble as it is," she said.
The Lee County Sheriff Fraud line number is: (239) 477-1242