Victim Location 43230
Type of a scam Employment
Starting march 20 I received a message through linkedln from a Michelle Jordan (account is no longer active) offering me a potential job through lhc group for remote graphic design( I am a recent graphic design graduate). Over the next two weeks I began corresponding with an Ariel Rodriguez through gmail and google handout. I had a text interview though google hangout on march 27. The following day I was told I was hired and would begin training and given funds to buy equipment to work for the company. I then gave them information like my full name, phone, home address and email. They then sent an email from a different account the following day that looked like a contract which I signed and sent a picture of my license back to them. Over the weekend we didn’t communicate. On Monday April 2 they said the check should arrive today it did later in the day. The following day Tuesday I corresponded with Ariel again where she instructed to deposit the check ( the amount of 4498) I received last night I did so over mobile deposit. She then instructed me to go to my bank and create a 4000 dollar cashier check to be transferred to a vendor account. The check hadn’t gone through yet and i was pressured into to paying the vendor as soon as possible so I set up a loan for the 4000 so I could get started. My banker then took the check and went to double check it this is where I started to second guess some of the events that had transpired. My banker said the loan would take an hour to be approved so I went home and began to double check some of the information I was provided with and the email that I had been corresponding with did not match a statement by the company had on their career section. The company said that there have been people posing as them in an attempt to scam people. They said they would never use google hangouts and the emails I had been corresponding with did not match what the company said it would. I tried to reach out and get some answers as to why they weren’t following the company procedures. I then reexamined the check and saw two names which didn’t match any one I had dealt with previously and had no company markers and was from California instead of Louisiana where the company was suppose to be based. The people then became non responsive to my questions so I didn’t create a cashiers check and stopped all activity which leads to now.