Woman helps veteran scammed by job training claim
Posted July 16, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.