A resident in the 3400 block of Gateway Lakes Drive told police Aug. 6 she was the victim of an apparent email scam after she applied through a third-party hiring site for an office-coordinator position at Ohio State University on July 16.
She said she received an email from a man who identified himself and said that position was filled, but there was an opening for a business consultant and if she was interested, she needed to send an email to a woman he specified by name. The victim said she contacted the woman and was notified July 25 she was hired and would be paid $400 weekly, according to reports. The victim said she received a check for $3,965 in the mail a few days later and took it to her bank to deposit it.
After notifying the woman the check had been deposited, the victim received a message that she should take $1,000 out of the deposit and send it to the woman using a cellphone app because too much money had been sent.
The victim downloaded the mobile app and forwarded the $1,000 to the woman, reports stated.
The victim's husband became suspicious and went to the bank. A teller told him the check sent to his wife was from a closed account and the funds were not available.
The bank reported the $1,000 the victim had forwarded came out of her own account and the bank could not reimburse her, reports stated.