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Spokane woman nearly falls victim to scam targeting unemployed

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Laine Davis did some research and avoided losing $1,000 Laine Davis did some research and avoided losing $1,000

SPOKANE, Wash. - With unemployment across the nation at a 26 year high, the competition for jobs is fierce. One Spokane woman, who's part of the many looking for work says she jumped into an opportunity she believes is a scam.

Laine Davis says she's been looking for a job online for weeks. She's a former accountant, so when she saw a clerk job posted - warranting no experiencing and claiming to pay over $100,000 per year - she decided to apply; only to find out first hand, the job was a scam.

Once Davis got the job, she says the company 'Green Plastics' told her she was to process payments for customers and to expect a $1,000 check in the mail. The company told her to cash the check, keep 10 percent in commission fees and send remaining money off to a company representative. That's when Davis got suspicious.

She emailed the signer on the check, a professor at New York City College of Technology who confirmed it was fake, leading her to believe the job was a fraud.

"There are so many scams out there now," said Davis. "To me this is the worst, our economy is so bad right now we don't need someone ripping off someone out of work. I cant afford it, I don't know anyone else who can. "

Davis said if she hadn't caught on, the bank told her she would have been liable for that $1,000 and hopes that by getting the word out no one else desperate for work will fall for this scam.

The Washington State Attorney General's Office confirms this is one of the many variations on what they call a fake check scam and say there's nothing they can do about it because the people who plan it all are most likely not from the United States.

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