Utahns Swindled in Job Scam

Utahns Swindled in Job Scam

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(Ogden-AP) -- The perfect job is turning out to be a perfect scam for some in Utah who answered a help-wanted ad.

The ad, which ran in newspapers around the state, promised good wages and benefits. Instead, people got swindled.

One woman answered the ad, faxed her resume to a one-eight-hundred number, and was contacted a couple days later. There was never a face-to-face interview, but she was offered the job -- and then asked for information like her social security number. She was also told to send in a blank check so a direct deposit account could be set up for her.

With that information, the crooks were able to rip the woman off for hundreds of dollars.

That victim wasn't alone, but investigators have yet to track down those responsible. The fraudulent company in this case went by the name "fexxit-dot-com", but similar scams have surfaced elsewhere under other names.

Investigators say people need to be very careful about giving personal and financial information over the phone or Internet.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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