An unemployed Augusta woman is out $2,400 after she sent money to a health care company based in India to help it open an office in the area, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
Kristin Hall, 22, of Augusta, told deputies on Saturday she was taken by an Internet scam that she came across while searching for jobs.
Hall identified the firm as MedSave Healthcare, whose online advertisements say it is an 11-year-old company with 71 offices in 182 India cities and that it caters to a network of more than 3,500 hospitals and nursing homes and more than 30 million clients.
When contacted by Hall, MedSave Healthcare officials said they were opening an office in the Augusta area and would send her a check for her to deposit into her bank account and use to buy supplies.
Hall received the check on March 26 via FedEx, apparently from Brentwood Academy – an actual college preparatory school in Tennessee – for $2,678 and was later notified by email to send $2,400 via Money Gram to a woman in Big Timber, Mont., for accounting software.
The check turned out to be bogus. Hall still has not received any software and has been unable to get her money back.