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Rexburg Police investigate employment scam

Rexburg Police are investigating a scam that has claimed two victims in the past week.

The latest was reported Monday when a person used a BYU-Idaho job-list program to find work.

The would-be employer mailed a $2,000 check and asked the job seeker to send back money grams.

After the money grams were sent, the original check turned out to be fraudulent.

On September 22, a victim received an e-mail about a potential job in a similar fraud. The victim was sent a check and asked to wire money back to two other persons. After several days the original check, of about $2,000 was found to be fraudulent.

Better Business Bureau spokesperson Emily Valla said employment related scams typically begin to bloom at this time of year, as legitimate merchants begin to prepare for the Christmas season.

Valla advises people to never accept overpayment for a job or services and to be suspicious of anyone who demands a payment using money cards.

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