We're pleased to hear that the victim reported this crime. By reporting the crime to the 104th Precinct, they can now let us know what is going on and perhaps save someone else from becoming a victim.
Roe Daraio, President
Comet Civic Association
Yesterday a female complainant who lives in Cometland realized she was bilked out of upwards of 11,000 dollars after going job searching online and reported it to police. The female victim is Asian in her 20s.
The victim while searching for job opportunities online was solicited by a male who identified himself as "Daniel Johnson," who offered the victim an opportunity in Moneygram services (Moneygram is a huge red flag with these scammers). The perp instructed the victim she would get paid as follows: perp sends victim a check, victim then cashes the check and sends a portion back to the perp. The victim keeps the rest as her "commission." Perp also instructed the victim to go to a location (billed as a Louis Vuitton store) where she was instructed to send more money to the perp. The victim realized she got scammed when her bank told her the perp's check bounced.
Please put this out to the gang, this is all the workings of a classic Pigeon Drop scam, if anyone is instructed to "front" money in promised exchange for some reward or payment, it is a scam, don't pay any money and report it to the police. The scammers are apparently after younger folks who are job hunting online.