Criminals hate to be caught. So, when they want to send and receive stolen money, they normally get someone else to do it for them. Some scammers develop online relationships and ask their new love or friend to accept a deposit and transfer funds for them. Other cons artists recruit victims with job ads that seem like they’re for legitimate jobs. but they’re not. Law enforcement calls the vistims ‘money mules.’ If you get involved with these schemes, you could lose money and personal information, and you could end up on the wrong side of the law.
Scammers post ads for imaginary job openings for payment processing agents, finance support cletks, mystery shoppers, interns, money transfer agents or administrative assistants. They search job sites, online classifieds. For example, if you post your resume on a job site, they might send you an email saying, “We saw your resume online and want to hire you.” The ads often say:
- the company is outside of the U.S.
- all work is done online.
- you’ll earn a great salary for a little amount of work.
If you respond, the scammer may interview your or send an online application. He does that to collect your personal information and make the job seem legitimate. At some point, the scammer will ask for your bank account number, or tell you to open a new account, and then send you instructions about transferring money.
If you think you’re somehow involved with a money transfer scam, there are a few things you can do:
- stop transferring money
- close your bank account
- notify your bank and wire transfer service about the scam
- Report the scam to the FTC