A student thought she had landed a paid internship. Then the crooks stole thousands of dollars from her – NBC Los Angeles
A Long Beach student who applied for a paid internship through job search site Indeed was told she got the job, then scammers robbed her of thousands.
“[They said] âWe are interested in you, you have the qualified skills,â said Alexandria Smith.
It was music to his ears. The Cal State Long Beach student landed a paid internship to work on social media for Greylock Capital Management LLC.
âI was hoping I could use it not only to help myself but also to provide an income for my mother because I was like, ‘Oh, I can help her and lighten some of her burden. “
âThen I was hit in the stomach,â she said.
The position, for which Smith applied through job search site Indeed.com, was entirely a ruse.
A scammer posing as a Greylock employee contacted Smith online to tell her she was a candidate and to download the âElementâ messaging app for an online interview.
Randy Mac reporting for NBC4 News.
She said the scammer asked her, “What can you bring to the business? And “What skills do you have? During the 45-minute chat. Smith shared screenshots with the NBC4 Los Angeles I-Team of the exchange.
Smith was told she had been hired, then asked to complete an application and sent her three checks.
She said the first two checks were for about $ 1,900 and the last was $ 3,200.
Smith says he was told to deposit the checks into his account with his school’s First Federal Credit Union, then use Zelle to transfer some of the money and pay for a laptop and other items including she would need to work remotely with one of Greylock’s distributors.
Shortly after sending the money, she said they told her there were problems.
âThey were telling me that they didn’t get the money, so after that I was told to make Bitcoin, send it through Bitcoin, and I did,â Smith said.
Shortly after checking her account, her balance was negative. She says her credit union informed her that the first two checks were fake.
They never cashed the biggest check – but Smith owed nearly $ 4,000 and had 45 days to find the money.
The I-Team contacted Smith’s credit union, and a spokesperson said their investigation determined that Smith was the victim of fraud and would be cured, adding: vigilant, use common sense and if c too good to be true, it probably is. “
Greylock Capital Management, LLC is a real business.
When the I-Team reached out to them, a spokesperson said fake internship advertisements had popped up on several job search sites. It’s happened so often that they posted a warning on their own website that said, âAt this time, Greylock Capital is not adding interns for the 2021-2022 academic yearâ¦ Greylock Capital is not sending any interns. offer letters through social media apps like Element or Facebook, and we also don’t use public email services like hotmail, yahoo, or gmail.
Smith’s debt is gone, but she is still reeling from the lesson learned: that even cash-strapped students are the target of crooks.
âIt’s deplorable. Tackling someone’s innocence or naivety as they try to get better in life,â Smith said.
The big plus is for anyone applying for a job online, especially since many people interview and work remotely, make sure the job is real. Look up a phone number and physical address on the company’s website and call the company’s human resources department to confirm that the job posting you saw is real.