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Phony Postal Service Job Doesn’t Deliver

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

“We are pleased to inform you that you have been granted a job here at the US Postal Service of Rocky Mount NC making $24.50 an hour.”
That is the opening sentence of a letter that scammers are using to steal money from hopeful, vulnerable job-seekers. The letter even contains an official USPS form (“Pre-Employment Screening – Authorization and Release”) to make the scam seem legitimate.
But before the new employee can begin earning $24.50 an hour, they’re told to send a few hundred dollars by wire, supposedly to pay for a criminal background check, a Postal Service uniform, and a back brace.
Remember, you never have to pay any “up-front” costs for a legitimate job. Anyone who asks you to do so is a crook trying to steal your money.
Here are some warning signs that a job you’re offered may be a scam:

  • You’re asked to pay money upfront.
  • You’re asked to provide a lot of personal information upfront, such as your Social Security Number or bank account number.
  • You’re promised a high salary for little work.
  • You’re promised work as a mystery shopper, or asked to do work that involves cashing checks or transferring money.
If you spot a scam, report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or filing a complaint online at