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 Post subject: SVU in the news
PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 7:14 pm 
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Jeff and I spoke about the site in a segment that KARE11 did today on work at home scams. ... yid=510355

In the modern job market, you have to be available on line.

That's why Jan Jensen posted her resume. She hoped a potential employer would find her.

Someone did.

"Unfortunately it was the wrong person," says Jan.

The job offer Jan received sounded something like this: work from home and make a lot of money managing client accounts for a company based in Spain.

After doing some work, Jan got a paycheck from a so-called client. She was to keep some of the money, but the rest she'd wire to her employer.

Two weeks later, the bank told Jan the check was no good. She was on the hook for $1,700 and her new employer disappeared.

"I contacted the Better Business Bureau, the FTC, Interpol because it was based out of Spain, Secret Service, FBI," says Jan. "I was angry"

They have different names - work-at-home scam, romance scam, international lottery. But at their core they are all the same.

You get the check, keep some, wire the rest and the money is gone.

Last year the FBI received nearly 3,000 scam complaints from Minnesotans alone. Many of those complaints were related to counterfeit checks.

The growing number of scam victims inspired a Twin Cities couple to reach out to scam victims and help.

Jeff and Shawn Mosch run from their Bloomington home. It's a web site where victims can learn who to call and what steps to take if they become the target of a scam artist.

"There are so many people out there that don't know what to do, where to go once they become a scam victim and both emotional and financially you're life is thrown up in the air," says Shawn Mosch.

The Mosch's know how it feels. They too were victims, swindled selling their car on line. The bad check they cashed cost them more than $7,000.

"When they say the check is cleared it doesn't mean that money is good and you can spend it. It means that they haven't found anything bad with it - yet," says Shawn.
The Mosch's urge people to understand bank terminology.

If the bank says the check is "clear" or the "funds are available," Shawn says it doesn't mean yet the check is good.

Shawn says until you hear the bank that issued the check has honored it - and that could take weeks - don't wire any money anywhere.

Check out the Mosch's web site:

Shawn Mosch
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 Post subject: Re: SVU in the news
PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 3:55 pm 
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That was a wonderful piece and I am glad you got the bank terminology out there. I think that is one of the biggest steps that needs to be taken to prevent scams because if people knew the meaning of the bank terms they wouldn't be so quick to wire money away. Keep up the good work.

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