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Beware of the latest Craigslist job scam

With phony job offers on Craigslist, scammers are enticing young people to Mexico, where gangs of criminals wait to strip the victims’ car and maybe worse.

U-T San Diego tells the story of 18-year-old Nate Dirkmaat, who was on a semester break from Brigham Young University when he came across an ad on Craigslist that sounded like a great gig. Habitat for Humanity — the charity that builds affordable housing around the world — was paying $21.50 an hour for drivers. Dirkmaat could earn some cash and help people out at the same time.

On March 2nd, he set up a meeting at a coffee shop in Mission Valley, Calif., with the man who posted the ad. The man told Dirkmaat he'd have to go on a "tour" in Mexico first before getting hired. At that point Dirkmaat — who'd already handed over copies of his social security card, birth certificate, driver’s license and vehicle registration — got suspicious. He left the meeting and told his parents about it.

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