Greensboro, NC -- Like most of us, Megan Reichl needed to make some fast cash. So, she turned to Craigslist where an ad for a summer babysitter caught her eye.
"I was very excited. It was going to be some money coming in," she said.
In emails and texts over the next month, the poster told Megan she'd earn $23 dollars an hour taking care of two kids. That is, once the family moved from California to the Triad. In the meantime, they needed her to set up their apartment here at a Greensboro complex.
"They were just really good about it: the detail they went into, the way they described themselves," Megan said.
The ad poster even gave Megan a lengthy list of groceries to prep their place -- right down to non-perfumed toilet paper. And they Fed-Exed a check for about $2,400 dollars to pay for it. Megan deposited the check, but wasn't going to buy anything before it cleared her account.
"I was like wow. These people must be loaded. I hit the jackpot," she said.
But then they asked Megan to transfer part of the money to a realtor in Nebraska. Yeah, the Cornhusker State. Thinking something was odd, Megan went back to the bank with her concerns and discovered the check was fake. If Megan had transferred the money before learning that, she'd be out $1,800.
Edward Bruscino of the Greensboro Police Department says schemers will go to all lengths - providing vivid details even - to get your money.
"If someone sees that it appears to be legitimate with the details, it's easier for them to lure people in to get what they need," he said.
Bruscino says the surest way to protect yourself: don't take money from someone without meeting them face-to-face first. A rule Megan will follow from now on whenever she logs on.
2 Wants To Know tried to reach out to the ad poster through email, but they never got back to us.