Report: Woman scammed by fake job offer while shopping

  • Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 10:56 a.m.
    UPDATED: Friday, April 25, 2014 8:50 p.m.

An Aiken woman was scammed out of about $30 by a man who approached her with a job offer while she was shopping in Wal-Mart, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

The incident happened about 2:45 p.m. on Thursday at the Wal-Mart on Richland Avenue, according to an incident report.

The 24-year-old victim said she was shopping in the housewares section when she was approached by a man with dreads wearing an orange and white striped shirt and blue jeans.

“He asked her if she would like an opportunity for another job and that he worked for a company named Shaw,” the report stated. “The suspect also told her he was a pastor. He stated that the company had recently fired 40 ‘Mexicans’ and had sent him out to recruit more employees.”

The suspect reportedly identified himself as John Smith, but when telling the victim to contact him, gave the name Mark Smith.

The suspect told the victim that in order to pay for her uniform and other equipment she may need, she would have to pay him $40, police said. The victim didn’t have $40 but gave the suspect all she did have, which was $28. He then “went on his way.”

The victim’s mother spoke with someone at Shaw, who told her the man did not represent their company, “and that he has been at this scam for a while,” police said.

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