I was desperate for a job

The 29-year-old, who has since been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, was looking for work in the care sector.

She answered a job advert on a big recruitment website.

She sent off an application form and other details, only to be told that she had to pay for a DBS check – ensuring she had no criminal convictions – and training.

“They were asking for £250 for the training,” she said. “It all seemed above board and I thought it must be company policy.

“I felt boxed in and thought I had to do it to get a job.”

She had already sent a copy of her passport but was now being hassled for bank card details to pay.

“They were convincing, but I managed to step out of my desperation for a minute and knew I should think about it first,” she said.

She talked to people she trusted, realized it was a scam, and managed to avoid losing the money.

Since then, she has secured a job managing volunteers and is warning others that if anyone gets “pushy” in that kind of situation, the alarm bells should ring.

On top of that, she knows that her mental state at the time made her more vulnerable.

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