Help Wanted: Criminal

Paige Williams (right) tells News 11, "I just wanted a second job and some extra money." Her mother Myra Cavanaugh fears others may have fallen for the same scam.
Paige Williams (right) tells News 11, "I just wanted a second job and some extra money." Her mother Myra Cavanaugh fears others may have fallen for the same scam.
This ad for a customer service rep appeared in the Toledo Blade.
This ad for a customer service rep appeared in the Toledo Blade.
Paige received this letter explaining her new job.
Paige received this letter explaining her new job.
Paige was supposed to cash this check, then send some of the money back to the "company."
Paige was supposed to cash this check, then send some of the money back to the "company."

She was looking to make money but the job she found wanted her to give them the cash.

She found the advertisement in the Toledo Blade and is turning to Problem Solver Mika Highsmith to warn others.

Paige Williams tells News 11, "I just wanted a second job and some extra money." So Williams did her research. "I looked through The Blade. "I always get the Sunday paper," she said. Williams found an ad for a customer service rep. All she had to do was make a phone call.

She says, "Everything seemed fine. They told me it was a secret shopper position."

Days later, she received a letter, evaluation form, a schedule request sheet... and a check for $2,990. Williams explains, "They wanted me to go cash the check and take $300 out for my pay, and send the rest of the money via money gram back to the person who sent the letter."

Paige's next step....try to cash it. Lucky for her, that request was denied. Williams says, "My bank said they couldn't cash it because it was an out-of-state check."

But with the ad circulating in our local paper, Paige and her mother are worried. Her mother Myra Cavanaugh says, "This is the second week running that it's been in The Blade so more than my daughter have applied or called."

And to those who may be contemplating cashing the check? "Don't go for it because it's probably a scam," she says.

And to The Blade: Cavanaugh says, "Its disheartening that it came in our paper. They need to do a lot more to make sure these companies are reputable."

The Blade has pulled that ad and apologizes for the mistake. They say they do check them out, and will step up procedures so that this does not happen again .

Posted by LS