Scam Type

Employment Scam

Business Name Used

Grunenthal Technologies LLC

Date Reported

Sep 21, 2022

Victim Postal Code


Total Dollars Lost


Scam Description

I have been looking for a job & received a text message from an individual that said she found my resume on Indeed & her company wanted to interview me. I did a chat interview through the Signal app with another individual in the HR department. The second interview was this morning telling me I had the job & the nightmare began. She sent me the employment offer letter to sign along with the benefits package which all looked legitimate. The website looked real when I researched it & read the company profile. Then the accounting department sent me a check to cut out & deposit into my account. There was a hold placed on the check. They sent me another, and the same thing happened. Each time I’m voiding the checks & sending photos documenting everything I did. They sent checks a third time & I notice the check numbers were the same. I emailed ”accounting” about this & the individual in HR know also. By this time, she’s had me deposit the fake checks into my account & send her confirmation screenshots it went through while quickly turning around using Zelle to send a payment to vendor for payment of services I haven’t received yet for office equipment for $100. She also has my name, my home address, my cell phone number, that I have children & what ages they are as part of the interview. She next had me go to my local CVS. I did so & she wanted me to purchase eBay cards $500 x 5 of them! I told her I can’t do that. I told her I had to discuss it with my husband. I call him to let him know that I had been scammed & to meet me at the bank. We got to the bank and put a lock on our accounts, but they can’t close the accounts until they track the money & the fraudulent checks locations. I’m out $100, my safety, my sanity, a job I thought I had worked hard for with great benefits that was going to help both me & to take care of my family. I can barely afford to go get groceries. I don’t know how I’m going to pay bills because of this.