A new remote job offer turned out to be a scam for a Kansas City, Kansas woman

A recent college graduate has a warning about others after she thinks she’s secured a new job. Instead she was scammed. Miranda Owens said it happened when she interviewed for a job late last month. Now, she owes her bank nearly $5,000 because a check she deposited from a prospective employer turned out to be false. I’m not going to lie, it’s really tough,” he said. “Because I didn’t have that much money in my bank account when it all started, I was really banking on this new job.” Owens moved from France to continue his studies at the Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri. She graduated in 2020 with a BA in Psychology. Because she doesn’t own a vehicle, she started applying for remote jobs, but eventually fell for a scam that offered her a remote job with a scammer posing as a respected company.” I looked at the Better Business Bureau. They’re legit,” she said. “I looked people up on Indeed, they’re actually legit on LinkedIn.” told her to send money via cell phone to buy office supplies from a supply company that she later discovered was fake. That transaction Owens said a Kansas City, Kansas convenience store was blocked at that office supply company that turned out to be a fraud.Owens told KMBC 9 Investigates that he fully believed he had a safe and secure job offer But he wanted to share his story as a warning as he works to recoup his long gone money. “We’re the generation that should have been able to handle this better. Still, here I am,” she said. “I just want people like me to be careful.” Owens has also started a GoFundMe to help raise money to pay off his debt. Money elsewhere. The agency has tips on job scams, here.”A U.S. bank spokesman sent a statement encouraging people to watch this video as they consider sending digital payments. “Fraudsters may also attempt to trick an individual into processing the transaction themselves as part of a scam,” said US bank spokesman Evan Lapiska. “The best protection against scams is to watch out for the telltale signs detailed in educational materials, call your financial institution immediately if you suspect something is wrong, and payments to people you don’t know or trust.” Azelle’s spokeswoman referred Owens’ case to the U.S. bank for further research. She encouraged people to visit Celle’s resource page for more information.

A recent college graduate has a warning about others after she thinks she’s secured a new job. Instead, she was scammed.

Miranda Owens said it happened when she was interviewed for a job late last month.

Now he owes nearly $5,000 to his bank because a check he deposited from a prospective employer turned out to be fake.

“I’m not going to lie, it’s really, really hard,” she said. “Because I didn’t have that much money in my bank account when it all started, I was really banking on this new job.”

Owens moved from France to continue his education at Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri. She graduated in 2020 with a BA in Psychology. Since she doesn’t own a vehicle, she has started applying for remote jobs.

Eventually she fell for a scam who offered her a remote job with a scammer posing as a respected company.

“I looked at the Better Business Bureau. They’re legit,” he said. “I looked up people on Indeed, they are actually legit on LinkedIn.”

Once Owens thought she had secured the job, her fake prospective employer sent her a check to be deposited at his bank to buy office supplies.

When it was cleared, the scammer told her to send money via cell phone to buy office supplies from a supply company which she later discovered was fake.

That transaction has been blocked, Owens said.

Then, the scammer posing as her employer, ordered her to send $4,500 worth of Bitcoin from a machine at a Kansas City, Kansas convenience store to that office supply company which turned out to be a fraud.

Owens told KMBC 9 Investigates that he fully believed he had a safe and secure job offer. But he wanted to share his story as a reminder as he works to recover the money that is now gone.

“We are the generation that should have been able to handle it better. And yet, here I am,” she said. “I just want people like me to be careful.”

Owens has also started a GoFundMe to help raise money to pay off his debt.

The Federal Trade Commission has said that no legitimate employer will mail you a check and then ask you to send that money somewhere else. The agency has job scam tips here.

A U.S. bank spokesperson sent out a statement encouraging people to watch this video as they consider sending digital payments.

“Fraudsters may also attempt to get an individual to process the transaction themselves as part of a scam,” said US bank spokesman Evan Lapiska. “The best protection against scams is to watch for telltale signs detailed in educational materials, call your financial institution immediately if you suspect something is wrong, and don’t send payments to people you don’t know or trust.”

A spokeswoman for the cell referred Owens’ case to US Bank for further research. She encouraged people to visit Celle’s resource page for more information.