Nationwide scam targets business in Tarpon Springs - FOX 13 News

Nationwide scam targets business in Tarpon Springs

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TARPON SPRINGS (FOX 13) -

Alan Brusky built his small graphic design business on hard work and creativity. Now he's become the target of some very unoriginal scammers looking for an easy buck.

"My biggest fear is someone out feeling they got scammed by me and filing a report but me and my company are not involved at all," he said.

Here's how the scheme works. Someone posted Craigslist job ads across the country and when a job seeker reaches out, the scammers reply using Brusky's full name and company, FireLeaf Design. To the applicant it seems legit, but they're told about a first assignment.

"They're going to receive a check in the mail deposit that check, send a portion back through Western Union," Brusky said.

That's a major no-no. Brusky has no idea why Fireleaf Design in Tarpon Springs was targeted.  The company only has three employees!

"I'd have to ask why is it just what's their motivation is purely money," he said.

He's taken nearly a dozen calls from folks concerned about the fake ads.

Brusky and Fireleaf have fired off reports to police and several other agencies.

However, the problem is scams like these are typically run outside the US...arrests and convictions are tough.

"On any of the websites do your homework make sure it's a legitimate business contact the business direct," said Sgt. Ed Miller with the Tarpon Springs Police Department.

FOX 13 tried to call the scammer, but no luck there.

Brusky hopes there's an end soon so he can get back to being creative rather than concerned.

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