I was on Instagram and saw someone's post about making extra cash. I inboxed her for details. She said her manager will deposit funds into my account. Then I would send them $2000 to split between the both of them. She stated that I would need to overnight my bankcard to her so her manager can process the deposit. She didn't ask for SSN or routing or account number.....she didn't ask for anything but the bank card. I'm assuming that this too is a scam. Can anyone elaborate on this type of scam.....is it a scam or is it legit?? She assured me it's no scam.
This is absolutely a scam. The easiest way to tell is to ask why they would involve a total stranger as a 50% partner rather than keep all the money to themselves. What value do you bring to the table?
1) They are engaged in criminal activity and using you to launder money. You are the one law enforcement will likely arrest leaving them anonymous. This option is pretty unlikely.
2) The will deposit the money somehow, in a way that will take a while to be detected as fraud (fake cashier's check, etc.). It will be just long enough for you to send them the $2,000 and run off with it before the bank reverses their deposit and leaves you in a hole and possibly trouble with the law for depositing fake checks. Semi-Likely
3) They will use your bank card to buy a bunch of stuff and never call you back or deposit any money. Or possibly they will do a deposit that will bounce. Most likely.
The fact that this is a scam is painfully obvious. Unfortunately these things often work because people's greed overpowers their common sense.
This particular scam is making the rounds of the freelance job hunter sites right now. I recently filed complaints with UpWork and FreeLancer about it because they have a number of postings doing this same kind of scheme.
The thing is, it preys on the desperation of some people, and it keeps going because it succeeds in finding willing victims. It makes me sick to my stomach to see people get taken like that, but the rule of thumb "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is" seems to be forgotten by so many people out there.
The fact that you're questioning it is all the proof you need that you should avoid this like the plague. What sense would it make for someone to send you a check to deposit, only to then send some of the cash back to them? I'm glad you asked before falling for this one.