Sussex Police have issued a warning to students and other young people about the dangers of getting caught up in money laundering scams when making multiple job applications.
Detective Inspector Till Sanderson, of the force’s Economic Crime Unit, said they have had two recent instances of young people supposedly being ‘employed’ by companies in America and then being asked to transfer funds placed in their accounts overseas, adding: “In both cases the people concerned thought they had been given genuine jobs and became suspicious later.
It is possible fraudsters are exploiting the difficult job marketSussex Police
“This is a not a new fraud and is an international issue which is not unique to Sussex. The last such case reported to us was a few years ago so to have two in a week or so is unusual. It is possible that the fraudsters are exploiting the difficult job market.”
Incidents reported in March included an 18 year old who accepted an apparent on-line job offer purporting to be from a promotions company in Florida, and forwarded on £3,400 to an account in Turkey before his bank became suspicious.