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Online scheme targets jobseekers

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PORT WENTWORTH, GA (WTOC) -

Port Wentworth police are warning residents about a possible scheme involving an online hiring advertisement.

Police said the website Indeed is running an ad for Garware Polyester LTD. The ad claims that Garware Polyester LTD is in Port Wentworth and is hiring. The ad is fraudulent and the company does not have a location in Port Wentworth, according to police.

The fraudster has sent several bogus checks asking the newly hired employee to cash and then remit payment for computers to an online vendor via Western Union and Moneygram, according to police.

The potential jobseeker instead was suspicious and did not deposit the checks. If she had, she would have lost nearly $5,000.

Police urge jobseekers to be cautious when providing personal information such as Social Security Numbers for online job applications.

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