Local job seeker ends up as check-cashing scheme target

BELTON, Texas (KWTX) A Central Texas man is alerting the public after he got recruited for a check-cashing scam while on the hunt for a new job.

Brodie Cutts. (Photo by Chelsea Edwards)

This particular trap attempts to take advantage of people when they may be more vulnerable to “too good to be true” opportunities, and it could actually put those who fall for the offer in the red.

Brodie Cutts is the son of a sales executive at KWTX and a recent graduate of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

He applied for several jobs on the indeed.com website this summer and received an email back from one company saying it had filled the position he was applying for, but he might be a good fit for a client they knew.

He sent his resume and basic info to the email address as instructed and soon received a reply saying he got the administrative assistant job, which was paying $780 a week plus benefits.

“Right off the bat, I was kind of thinking there was something going on because it was so immediate, like almost an instant offer,” Cutts said.

“It just seemed a little odd.”

Odd is right.

Cutts says a couple of days later he woke up to find an envelope at his door with a check for $2,485.

He received email instructions to deposit it in his account and find a business class airline flight out of Toronto.

Cutts send a reply asking for another way to book the flight but never heard back from the new employer.

According to indeed.com, job scammers will pay for work up front, and then ask “employees” to transfer what's left of the check to another account for them.

Then, when the check turns out to be bad, the employee is on the hook for the money that was transferred.

The employer listed on the original job posting did not return requests for comment.