Job Scam: The Russians are Coming to Dupe the Unemployed


In a sad commentary on just how desperate American job seekers are becoming, a Russian hacking gang has infiltrated major employment sites, offering members jobs that involve transferring funds internationally from home. It sounds simple enough: Deposit a check into your account, then wire a large portion of the funds to Russia, keeping a large "handling fee" for yourself.

Of course the check they send you to deposit turns out to be a clever counterfeit, and every penny that you wire is deducted from your account, likely causing you to be overdrawn. Surprisingly enough, thousands of people have been duped by this over the past year. Somewhere there's a Nigerian prince smacking himself in the forehead and wishing he'd thought that one up.