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Scam alert: If a job sounds too good to be true, it probably is

Harris says the scammers sent her this check that they wanted her to cash. Luckily, she knew this was too good to be true. Harris says the scammers sent her this check that they wanted her to cash. Luckily, she knew this was too good to be true.
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Bills are starting to show up in the mail after buying holiday gifts.

Some people grab a second job to combat the debt, but a Columbus woman wants to send out a warning that some jobs are too good to be true and she almost lost thousands of dollars from a job scam.

Jessica Harris posted her resume on several job websites waiting for her big break. She was overjoyed when she got an email saying she landed an interview with Life Care Centers of America.

Then a red flag popped up.

"It was weird because he said 'Contact me through Yahoo Messenger because the Better Business Bureau set it up like this is a new way we conduct interviews,'" Harris says.

Since the man mentioned the Better Business Bureau, Harris felt comfortable.

Leonard Crain with the BBB said people try and use their reputation to scam people all of the time.

He said, "It's not flattering because there are a number of criminals who try and use the good name of the BBB and trust that this organization has established."

Harris says she got the job after the Yahoo Messenger interview, but then things took another bad turn.

"He said 'I'm going to send you out a check' and he said I need to get a laptop, a copy machine, a fax machine and a little desk and everything," recounts Harris.

Harris decided to call the company herself.

"I called Life Care Centers of America and I told them about this and they said 'No, we would actually call you in for an interview and you wouldn't be working from home you would be working from one of our facilities.'"

She tried to call the fake interviewer several times, but got no response.

The next day a Fed Ex package came to her house with a check for $2,690 inside of the envelope.

She says, "As soon as the check got here I got an email saying 'You should get a payment notification coming out to you and once you do deposit it into your bank and send me a copy of your deposit slip and we'll go from there.'"

Crain says that's an old trick thieves are still using to get your personal information and money.

"90 percent of the time those checks are counterfeit and you would owe the bank for whatever the total amount is. It appears that you have the money actually in your account then they encourage you to buy a cashier's check out of that account and send them a certain amount of those funds back to a location usually in Canada and overseas," says Crain.

Harris didn't cash the check, but it was a lesson learned she wants to pass onto others.

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