Scam Type

Employment Scam

Date Reported

2023-03-29 00:00:00

Victim Postal Code


Total Dollars Lost


Scam Description

I applied for a marketing assistant position at Bettis Brothers Sand and Gravel. “Jerome Bettis” reached out to me and said that the marketing assistant position had been filled, but he had an executive assistant position open right now if I were interested in that. I was interested in that position, so I replied that I was. He gave me the details of the position, and stated my pay up front. He then said we would schedule an interview, which got delayed and never happened. So, instead I answered a few interview questions over email and got the position. He sent me over a contract that looked very legitimate and stated everything a normal work contract would hold. I had other people look at everything he had sent me and what we talked about, and everyone said it looked legit. He then said he would be sending me equipment since the position is remote. He stated that the authorized distributor was going through an audit process, and the only way they would be accepting payment is through money orders from the post office. I was wary of this because why not just have your accountant pay the distributor directly instead of a brand new executive assistant. But I had not given out any sensitive information, so I decided to go with it. Then I received the check for nearly 5 thousand dollars, and was instructed that 700 of that was my payment, 2350 of it was to go to the authorized distributor (which the name was never given of who the distributor was after asking numerous times), and the rest would be used for other tasks. I saw no harm in depositing the check as none of the funds had been used or sent yet. That is when my bank contacted me saying they were 99.9% sure this is a scam and to not do anything with the money.

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