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Woman helps veteran scammed by job training claim

Posted July 16, 2013

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— A woman was so moved by a WRAL News report about a job scam that targeted veterans that she opened her wallet.

Ron Rhue was one of at least 100 veterans who got a letter, apparently from the State Commerce Department, soliciting the "know how" of military veterans for job openings.

Veteran Kevin Campbell told 5 On Your Side that he too signed up and then got his fiancé and her brother signed up for jobs as well. All were told they were perfect candidates, except they all needed just a little more training, at a cost of $150. When they showed up, no one was there.

At least a dozen vets, Rhue included paid $150 or more for the job training that the letter advertised.

But it was all a scam.

“To me, what this guy did is like a slap in the face to people who put their life on the line for us,” said Barth. “You know, that's just not right.”

She donated $150 to Rhue. "He's got other things to worry about,” Barth said.

Rhue couldn't be more grateful.

"This is someone saying ‘I care. I care when you're hurting. I care,’” Rhue said.

Someone used a security company login to post non-existent job openings for experienced security guards on North Carolina's official employment website.

The Department of Commerce says there are no checks and balances in place to that verify postings are legitimate if someone uses a valid account to access the system.

However, a department spokesman said a new system with more security precautions is set to launch in early August.

The website has also added a bold message warning applicants not to send any kind of payment to a potential employer. The State Bureau of Investigation is now looking into the scam.



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  • Thank A Veteran Today Jul 18, 2013

    Give them a break about paying the money. They were applying for a job through the Department of Commerce not off a Flyer at the Flea Market. At least they were trying to better themselves rather than looking for a handout. You can't judge them any worse than they have already judged themselves. I am the one in follow up story. I have gotten to know this story in and out and these people are hard working or are trying to be hard working Americans. It's was a scam meaning A dishonest scheme; a fraud.....the complete opposite of what these people are. This guy was one step ahead of them and had all the right answers. I rather help them get their money back than keep judging them for an honest mistake.

    Thank A Veteran Today - please go to a PNC Bank today and make a donation or mail it to PO Box 975, Morrisville, NC 27560.

    Bring our Troops home safe and soon, thank a Veteran today and never forget the Ones we lost trying to get back here

    Thanks Dawn

  • pedsrndad Jul 18, 2013

    This was clearly a scam. Paying money sight unseen for a "training program" for "Guaranteed" employment is a major red flag.

  • tayled Jul 18, 2013

    Under the commerce Department, the ESC has become a perfect example of an ineeficient government agency. The amount of old, outdated, and even bogus ads on their website is astounding. I applied for a job off of their website only to be told by the eomployer contact that the position had been filled for years and they had tried unsucessfully to have gthe ESC remove it from their site.

  • lifeq Jul 17, 2013

    Who ever did this scam will be in Jail soon. With all the security they should be able to track this person easily.

    Important lesson "NEVER pay by cash" since it is impossible to track. Use check or credit card.

  • Thank A Veteran Today Jul 17, 2013

    You would think but they are not going to do that. "The employment office felt like their position was that they're not to blame because they're only a referral agency." Everyone is too busy pointing fingers at each other. The Veterans were told to go to the police, the police told them to go to the employment office...now the SBI is involved. This can drag on for years. The true number of Veterans that paid this money is over 60! The Dept of Commerce has down played the amount of people scammed to save face. I am sure that most of these Veterans work paycheck to paycheck just like most of us. This could have been their kight or water bill for a month. It's up to those they protected to now serve them.
    Thank A Veteran Today - please go to a PNC Bank today and make a donation or mail it to PO Box 975, Morrisville, NC 27560. Tell all your friends. Let there be a happy ending to this story.

  • whatelseisnew Jul 17, 2013

    The Department of Commerce should have reimbursed anyone caught in this mess. If they are going to allow people to post job offerings, they have a responsibility to verify the postings are legitimate.

  • Thank A Veteran Today Jul 17, 2013

    I have started a Memorial Fund to assit in repaying these scammed veterans. Anyone can walk into any PNC Bank and make a donation to Thank A Veteran Today or mail their donation to Thank A Veteran Today, PO Box 975, Morrisville, NC 27560. Any amount donated would be welcomed and we can all share in helping these Veterans feel appreciated for putting their life on the line for us

  • lwe1967 Jul 16, 2013

    A sad, sad thing that the scammers are out there on everyone. When the catch the sorry individual(s), I propose that they bundle him/she or more and pack them off to Afghanistan and let them taste what our warrior are experiencing and I hope that they get terribly sick to their stomachs.