Fake job ad

A U. of I. student reported receiving an email advertising a job opportunity as an administrative assistant. After exchanging texts with the scammer, the student received two checks for $500 and deposited them into her account. The scammer then requested proof of the deposit and directed the student to send $1,000 via Apple Pay to an “orphanage” for urgently needed supplies. The student complied but grew suspicious and contacted Chase Bank, which informed her the checks were fake. The student ended communication with the scammer and contacted police.