If you’re looking for a job, be aware of an employment scam using newspaper ads to snare potential victims. Pulaski County Sheriff Mike Gayer says his office received a report from someone who responded to an ad in “The Herald Journal” in Monticello for a part-time property manager and got an email response from firstname.lastname@example.org stating she had been hired and more information was needed. She then got a money order for a high dollar amount in the mail and was instructed to cash it, keep a little money for incidental expenses and send the rest to pay for some type of business expense. This scam used a Lafayette, Ind. address, according to Gayer. However, a search of the telephone number turned up numerous classified ads for an assistant construction manager in papers across the country. “Wayne Jackson” is the employer’s name in those ads. If you have any information or have been involved in a similar scam, please contact the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office at 574-946-3341.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.