Thousands of pounds handed over to foreign job fraudsters

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JOB-seekers have been warned about a money laundering scam which uses information from online job applications.

Last week a Chichester man handed over £3,400 after accepting an apparent online job offer purporting to be from a promotions company in Florida.

The money was sent to an account in Turkey before his bank became suspicious.

And a 21-year-old woman from Worthing accepted an online job as a data inputter with a supposed New York City company, and had similarly forwarded £1,710 to a Ukraine account before suspicions were aroused.

Detective Inspector Till Sanderson of Sussex Police’s economic crime unit, said ‘We have had two recent instances of young people supposedly being employed by companies in America and then being asked by them to transfer funds placed in their accounts, onward overseas.

‘In both cases the people concerned thought they had been given genuine jobs and have just become suspicious later.

‘This is a not a new fraud and it is an international issue which is not unique to Sussex.

‘The last such case reported to us was a few years ago so to have two in a week or so is unusual.

‘It is possible that the fraudsters are exploiting the difficult job market.’

To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.