Woman warns job seekers of online scam

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SPEEDWAY, Ind. (June 16, 2015) - If you're looking for a job online, there's a consumer alert one local woman wants you to know about.

Brenda Chaplin-Chase was job hunting online and she thought she found an opportunity. But the secret shopper assignment from silenttraders.com turned out to be a scam.

They sent her a fake check for $1,999 to deposit into her bank account, spend part of it and send the rest to other secret shoppers.

"It just seemed kind of legitimate to me and that's why I proceeded forward with it," she explained.

Fortunately, her credit union figured it out before she withdrew anything. She lost $21 in a bank fee, but didn't suffer a $2,000 loss.

Chaplin-Chase said she was especially vulnerable, because she was unemployed. She's warning others hunting for a job to be careful of enticing emails and the personal information you send out.

"They would've taken the money out, gone shopping, and then don't think anything of it, and the next time they go pay bills or buy groceries or something, they've got $2,000 missing," she said.

The real company called Secret Shopper has put out an alert about these scam sites. They say they will never solicit people to sign up through email.

If you've been scammed by one of these fake companies, make sure you report it to the Indiana Attorney General's Office.