Seems shady, here is what has happened so far:

  • job offer in newspaper, they are looking for a personal assistant, 10-15hrs/wk, $500/wk
  • took job, didn't have to fill out any W-2s or anything
  • gave them my name, email, and mailing address
  • received a check for ~$1900, had a note to keep $250 of it, and send the rest to another person via walmart
  • i did that

Now I'm thinking this seems very weird and I'll probably let him know I don't feel comfortable with this and just bail out. What does this look like to you guys?

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    Sounds like money laundering to me. – Hart CO Sep 17 '18 at 23:03
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    Looks like a scam. Keep this in mind - you are the last recipient of that money. The paper trail ends at you. The law always follows the money. Are you prepared to explain who you sent that to and why? can you prove it? Or did you just take in $1900 and not report the taxes on it? – Kai Qing Sep 17 '18 at 23:04
  • I can prove how I got the job, the emails, and the sending of the money on via walmart. But you are right about the trail ending, arghhhh. Next question, just quit and call it there, or report to the authorities? – radicalmoney Sep 17 '18 at 23:25
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    Sorry to say, but most likely the check will bounce shortly, and you're out $1,650. It's a really old scam. Send a check, ask for a large amount of the money back for whatever reason, then the check bounces. – gnasher729 Sep 17 '18 at 23:28
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    @HartCO it's unlikely to be money laundering because money launderers would not expose themselves to the risk that the mark would just keep the full amount for themselves. As the other comments suggest it's just going to turn out that the check will bounce in a week or two, and the mark will be on the hook for the $1650 and whatever else of the $250 they've already spent. – Charles E. Grant Sep 18 '18 at 2:19

Classic scam. The check will bounce and you will be out of 1650

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  • Yep. It will bounce though sometimes it can take quite a bit of time. You may find all funds will be credited to your account within a few days but it will be reversed when the check bounces. Don't spend it even if it appears to have "cleared" because you are responsible for the funds when it bounces and it will. – doug Sep 18 '18 at 5:29
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    @doug "Don't spend it" Too late: OP says they've already passed the balance on via Walmart (which I'm guessing is a non-cancellable way of sending money). – TripeHound Sep 18 '18 at 6:45
  • @TripeHound Sure the money's gone with the Walmart prepaid debit cards. But the OP is still on the hook for the soon to be bounced check and must be prepared to make the funds good at their bank. – doug Sep 18 '18 at 15:05
  • @doug Correct. But it's gone from "don't spend it" (the soon-to-be-bounced money) to "find it from another source" (when the bank claws it back). – TripeHound Sep 18 '18 at 15:19
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    @TripeHound Yep. The point I was trying to make was that it's likely the bank will make the full check balance available and the OP will believe the check cleared and is good. But it will bounce and the bank will reverse it. This often occurs with these scams and people get upset because they think that once the balance is available the bank can't reverse when the check bounces. That can take weeks or more depending on how the check was counterfeited. They often are associated with a large business and don't get discovered for a while. – doug Sep 18 '18 at 16:09

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