Kirkwood woman scammed out of $3000 by bogus job ad

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by John Knicely / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on September 22, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 22 at 11:48 PM

KIRKWOOD, Mo. (KMOV) -- A single mother in Kirkwood is out $3000 after responding to a job ad in the Ladue News. The classified ad was seeking a mystery shopper and Lucy Bommarito had worked with mystery shoppers in previous jobs.
 
“I used to mystery shoppers in my past positions in hospitality and retail,” said Bommarito. “So I thought that'd be something I'd be really good at.”
 
She sent in her resume and got the job. Her first assignment was to be a mystery shopper at Western Union. She received a check for $3300 that she was to cash. She’d keep $200 as her payment and then wire the rest to two people in Chicago. Her bank cashed the check with no problem so she thought all was good.
 
A few days after she wired the money she learned it wasn’t all good.
 
“I got a call back from my bank saying it was a counterfeit check,” said Bommarito, who now has to pay back the bank. “I'm unemployed, single mom. And they're taking a hundred dollars out of my checking account every week.”
 
Kirkwood police are now investigating. On Saturday a detective called the man who Bommarito had been working with and the guy hung up. News 4 also called the man on Saturday and it went straight to voicemail.
 
The Better Business Bureau warns that being asked to wire money should be a huge red flag. Lucy Bommarito doesn’t want it to happen to you.
 
“If you see something like this it's appealing but it could be a fraud,” said Bommarito. “And obviously I'm out $3000.”

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