I recently separated from the Air Force after 8 years and was looking for work to support my family. I was searching for jobs and thought I had one lined up, but the job turned out to be fake and they stole from me. I ended up with more debt than I had money and no job to pay it off. The police told me that they were aware of the situation happening to others but would not step in. I humbly ask for your help. Please learn from my tale and keep yourselves safe.
I had plenty of trouble finding a job. Though I was a top performer in the military, my skills didn't translate well to the outside. After about a month, I had a phone interview with one company and they offered me a job. Usually, positions above entry level have more than one interview, but I didn't think much of it at the time, since I only had entry level positions before the military. Their website seemed legitimate and was very well designed. It was supposedly a big international company and their links took me to their foreign websites. I signed all kinds of forms and paperwork that looked absolutely real.
I was put into a training program that would be 4 weeks long and completed training exercises on a daily basis. I interfaced with who I thought was my manager every day. I was supposedly part of a group of new hires that would be opening a new location. After a few weeks, they asked if I would help them with a project. I was to obtain equipment for the new office. They would pay me for my time and would onboard me sooner. Eager for the job and wanting to make a good impression, I accepted. I thought that there was no way a big company would double cross me. I was given plenty of other very official forms that linked a bank account to my credit card, so I could make the purchases. I would purchase equipment and mail it to someone out of state. I was able to take money from the account provided to pay the card so I trusted them. After 3 transactions, the money all reversed. Apparently, when an account is fake, the transaction will go through and then be reversed after several days. I was left holding the bag with $14,535.59 of debt, more than I had to my name and with no job to pay it off.
The credit card company could not help me. The police conducted an investigation and found that this was something that was ongoing, but since the perpetrators were foreign, they could not do anything. It's absolutely despicable that they are targeting people with no means of making the money back.
When looking for a new job, please be careful of overly quick interview processes and thoroughly look into any company you receive an offer from. Never buy anything for anyone.
Thank you for reading. Things have been difficult since and the debt just keeps piling up. Please donate whatever you feel comfortable giving.