Internet Job Scam

Tina Johnson thought she'd be able to find a part time job on the Internet. But after losing $2,500 she realized the only thing she'd found was a scam.

"I was devastated! Because I had already fallen for it. I can't believe I fell for something like that," she told us.

Johnson responded to a job offer while searching different Internet employment web sites. She came across an offer from what she thought was a legitimate company in the United Kingdom. After sending them money, she was supposed to receive travelers checks in mail, wire them to clients overseas, and keep 10 percent for herself. By the time she realized it was a scam, it was already too late.

"After I got the first one, I kept getting different ones that said different things and I realized it wasn't real, that there was something scandalous about it. Then I called some check cashing places and they told me that they had been receiving a lot of fraudulent travelers checks and money orders," Johnson said.

Lufkin police told Johnson she was a victim of the notorious Nigerian money scam. The person she talked to over the phone called her from Nigeria, not the United Kingdom. And the fraudulent travelers checks were actually mailed from somewhere within the United States.

Workforce solutions officials say it's important to remember that legitimate job web sites never ask for money.

"If you're looking for work and you're going to apply for work, don't ever put up money to apply for a job. If you're looking for a job and they ask you to put up a resume or an application that's just what you should do. You shouldn't put up any money to apply for a job," said Workforce Solutions Business Service Representative Holley Tolar.

Johnson tells us the scam has put her in debt with her bank and Lufkin police are still investigating.