12 On Your Side: Augusta teenager targeted by summer job scam

By: Jerome Collins Email
By: Jerome Collins Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / July 24, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Khalil Lawson likes to have cash in his pockets. "I'm just a young dude trying to make money, you know what I'm saying? I don't like to have my money played with," said Lawson.

But the 16 year-old said that is what happened to him after he applied for a job online as a secret shopper. After breaking his leg, and not being able to work the job he had, something with a lot less time on his feet sounded like a great plan.

"They'll give me assignments, and pay me a certain amount of money for the assignments," said Lawson. In an email he received, the job promised to pay him $400 a week to evaluate customer service for just two companies.

On Tuesday he received a priority envelope in the mail. Inside the envelope were instructions and a cashiers check telling him to deposit it into his bank ATM. The check was for $1,987.

"It was suggested to me by my grandmother that I go into the bank, but it told me in the paper to go to the ATM. He later called the bank to check his balance and said he was shocked to find out. "They told me that the check was counterfeit, and because of this, they're going to close my account," said Lawson.

"I feel angry and upset," said Racheal Lawson. She said she does not want this setback to taint her young son's impression of the world. "I don't want to teach him to be bitter. I want to teach him to be better," said Lawson.

As for Khalil, after breaking his leg. he now can't seem to catch a break. "I just say you got me. Maybe it was a joke to them, but I don't think it's funny at all," said Lawson. Because he did not withdraw any funds from the check, whatever he already had in his account will be sent to him.

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