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Internet Scam

WEST RICHLAND, Wash. - A West Richland man posted his resume online got himself involved in an international money laundering scam.

The victim posted his resume on monster.com, which is a popular site for people looking for a job.

Police said the victim heard back from a company that found his information on the website. 

They hired him as a financial manager.  He was in charge of transferring thousands of dollars using his personal bank account.  He received a contract and did not think it was a scam.

Police said everything was done over the computer.  

The employer of the company was located in the United Kingdom. 

Authorities discovered that the company was hacking into the computer of a Virginia construction company.  $300,000 was ultimately taken. 

The West Richland man said he had no idea that the money he was transferring was being stolen.

West Richland Detective Theresa Morrell said, "This is one instance where he thought he could access monster.com in an effort to speed things up and got taken advantage of."

Federal authorities are looking into the case. 

The West Richland man was not held accountable for the money that went through his bank account because he was able to prove that he was not willingly involved in the scam.

West Richland Police said they see people giving out their personal information all the time and warn the public that it is never a good idea.

 

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