CU Police warn of ‘work from home’ check scams

“Work from HOME and earn $300 weekly... the job will only take 1hr of your time daily and it's between Monday and Friday... the job is done at your free time... kindly get back to us ASAP if you care to know more about the job offer.”

The chance to earn $300 a week may sound appealing. But this language above is from a real e-mail sent by a fraudster trying to scam a CU-Boulder student. In this case, the student became suspicious and contacted CU Police. Others haven’t been as fortunate. One victim recently reported a nearly $2,500 loss to CU Police. Two other students last week attempted to deposit fraudulent checks from swindlers. Elevations Credit Union at the UMC became suspicious and warned their members before they could deposit them.

CU Police and The Internet Crime Complaint Center offer the following tips:

  • Be cautious if an online/e-mail job posting claims “no experience necessary.”
  • Be cautious of exaggerated claims of possible earnings or profits.
  • Beware when money is required up front for instructions or products.
  • Do not give your Social Security number when first interacting with your prospective employer.
  • Be wary when replying to unsolicited e-mails for work-at-home employment.
  • Research the company to ensure it is authentic.

For more check scam prevention tips, see the CU Police webpage.

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