FF12: Employment scam hits South Haven woman

Published: Nov. 28, 2017 at 5:58 PM CST
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Dena Craghead has been planning for a change for a while now.

While working a full time job and raising a family, which included her young daughter, she also was going to school online to earn her degree. All this leading up to what she hoped was a new job and new career path.

"I put my resume up on job sites like Indeed and Zip Recruiter and they send me messages, text messages all the time saying they've sent my resume out to a specific person," Craghead said.

One day, she got a message saying a specific company had gotten her resume and wanted to do an interview. She said the person told her the company was Energizer and the name recognition alone made her confident this could work out.

Then came the interview. She said the person she spoke with told her the company wanted to do the interview via Google Hangouts. Though it wasn't something she had done before and made her raise an eyebrow, she said she went along with it with the idea that "times are changing."

"It seemed like a legitimate interview. All the questions that I would normally think would be on an interview and then they just they got to a point where they said okay, well this is the position we want to offer you and it was an accountant assistant," Craghead said.

She said the person she spoke with told her they were moving a branch to "her area" but until then, she'd work from home. In order to do so, the person said, she'd need some equipment.

"There was an HP printer, a new computer, filing cabinets. They were paying for a laptop for me to work on and there was a whole list," she said.

However, she said she'd have to buy the equipment from the company's wholesaler and the company would then send her checks to reimburse her. That's when the scam began. Scammers wanted Craghead to send them thousands of dollars for the equipment. But when she went to cash the reimbursement checks, she'd learn they are fake.

That was apparent just by looking at them.

"They're for two totally different amounts and from two totally different places," Craghead said about the two checks.

Plus, the checks were accompanied by letters and those letters were filled with spelling and grammar mistakes. The email addresses listed on the letters were not professional and there was no letterhead.

Those were all red flags for Craghead.

"I was kind of bummed," she said.

Though Craghead didn't end up sending any money to the "company," she said she was pretty let down by the situation.

"I really wanted this job," she said. "But in the back of my brain, I really knew it was not legitimate."

FactFinder 12 reached out to the actual Energizer company about this but did not hear back. Craghead said the company told her it was a scam when she made her own call to headquarters.

"That's not an employee here," Craghead said Energizer told her when she gave them the name of the person who interviewed her. "Just you've been scammed. Actually, they said they have the attorney general and their attorneys looking at it."

Now, Craghead said she'll keep on the job search and wants to let others know so they don't fall for it.