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L.A. police see increase in job scams

February 6, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
With more people losing their jobs these days, police are seeing a growing number of internet scams preying on people looking for work.The LAPD says the latest scam begins when job seekers submit their resumes to Web sites like Craigslist.

They're allegedly hired, then mailed a package with printed counterfeit checks or money orders.

The victims are told to deposit the money, keeping a portion for themselves, then wire a specific dollar amount through Western Union to a company.

Police are asking the public to use caution when applying for jobs online.

Anyone with information about this scam is asked to call police at 1-877-LAPD-24-7.


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