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Woman loses $2,400 in online scam

Sunday, April 14, 2013 8:27 PM
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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.

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nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/14/13 - 08:57 pm
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Come on people

How many times do we have to read of this scam?

You call they send check, they tell you to send another check to someone else. Their original check bounces and you end up paying the bill.

RED LIGHTS SHOULD BE FLASHING

in any internet users head.

fedex227
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fedex227 04/14/13 - 09:41 pm
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Red lights are right.
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Send the money to a woman in Big Timber, MT? Seriously?

scoobynews
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scoobynews 04/15/13 - 05:17 am
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Unemployed 22 yr old?

I am an employed person who barely has that much in my checking account by the end of the month. Makes no sense.

onethickdiva
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onethickdiva 04/15/13 - 08:23 am
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I'm amazed this still happens!

I could see it in the early 2000s when these scams were fresh - even then I never fell for one.

allhans
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allhans 04/15/13 - 08:54 am
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More of this will be coming

More of this will be coming .. the scam artists are not stupid, they know about income tax refunds....

InChristLove
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InChristLove 04/15/13 - 10:07 am
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Wow, some harsh critics on

Wow, some harsh critics on here. This is a 22, evidently naive, young lady who was looking for employment on the internet.

"Spend as much time looking for a job as you do on the internet and you might be employed! " SHE WAS LOOKING FOR A JOB and thought she had found a job.

Although red flags should have went off....they didn't for her, and at least she was looking for employment. Not everyone is as worldly as some posters on here, and that's what makes these scam artist so successful.

MarinerMan
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MarinerMan 04/15/13 - 12:12 pm
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Seen It Firsthand...
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My wife got a "package" in the mail, via Priority Mail. Inside was a Postal Money Order, along with a sheet of instructions. She was to cash the M.O. and then send most of the money to a guy up in North Georgia. I took the whole package to the Post Office, and they thanked me for providing them more evidence for the Federal case they are preparing. Of course, I am over 22 years of age.

my.voice
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my.voice 04/15/13 - 12:58 pm
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@WAG: You obviously haven't

@WAG:

You obviously haven't looked for a job recently, EVERYTHING has gone online.

And you misunderstood how the scam works.......the scammer send YOU a check, YOU deposit it, they give you a little handling fee and you send the "rest" onto the scammer. Of course, the check is no good, and you are out every penny.

Seek first to understand, then be understood.

KSL
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KSL 04/15/13 - 04:50 pm
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Wow, some harsh critics on

Wow, some harsh critics on here. This is a 22, evidently naive, young lady who was looking for employment on the internet.

"Spend as much time looking for a job as you do on the internet and you might be employed! " SHE WAS LOOKING FOR A JOB and thought she had found a job.

She says she was looking for a job on the Internet. Perhaps she was looking to make a quick $200+.

christyanne76
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christyanne76 04/15/13 - 05:15 pm
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Online Employment

I've been helping someone look for employment recently and it IS all online...and the sad part is you have to post your resume through monster, career builder, etc and it's all in with this and that bs online university. He's clicked no to ever single pop up in effort to post resume or respond to jobs posted online and is fielding 30+ calls per day about some bogus school or "sweepstakes" miss the posts being in an actual newspaper with a fax to send your resume or address to mail it to. Breeds scams like this...no matter how much sense you should have. Guess that's "progress".

InChristLove
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InChristLove 04/15/13 - 05:58 pm
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Whether she was looking to

Whether she was looking to make a quick $200+, who's to say but it sounds like (according to article) that she thought the scammer was opening up an office in the Augusta area. Evidently she thought they would hire her as an Office Assistant or Coordinator to get things started. I realize that it's natural for us to assume the worse in people and that she was looking to make a quick buck ..... I'm just saying this isn't always the case and it's sad that it drew so many negative comments is all.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 04/15/13 - 05:59 pm
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Don't
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transact ANY monetary transactions on-line.

WAG
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WAG 04/16/13 - 07:38 am
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You do not have to pay money

You do not have to pay money for a job! there are other ways to find a job than online. Get up and get out and look. I went office to office to find a job and I found one. did not give anyone any money! My gosh!

Novus
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Novus 04/16/13 - 01:51 pm
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Fuzzy math

Kind of hard to have "71 offices in 182 India cities" . . .

Darby
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Darby 04/16/13 - 11:55 pm
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Darby
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Darby 04/16/13 - 11:56 pm
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Adam Bomb
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Adam Bomb 04/17/13 - 08:03 am
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No sympathy

How many times have you read about scams from overseas? How many times have you heard it's not safe to answer calls from unknown numbers. How many times have you been told to never give out personal information on the phone. Telescammers are the slime of the Earth. If you feed them your credit card or bank account information they got you, and you knew better. No sympathy at all. Now Learn something about the cruel world. You don't trust anybody with your personal info. Ever.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 04/17/13 - 10:47 am
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Adam Bomb, the victim DIDN'T

Adam Bomb, the victim DIDN'T give out her personal information or bank or credit card account information. The sammer sent her a boggus check, and she was todl to deposit it into her account to be used to buy supplies. Then she was instruction to send payment for some office software, which she did. Since the check (the scammer sent) was bogus, the check she sent for payment actually came out of her funds in the checking account, discovering the scam.

The victim didn't answer any calls, she called the company (or what she thought was the company) herself and evidently since Brentwood Acadamy is a legit place, some checks must have been stolen from the Academy for her to recieve a fraudulent check from them.

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