Job ruse sounded 'real good'

January 20, 1998

Job ruse sounded 'real good'


Staff Writer

Charles Selby was supposed to get a $26-an-hour job, but he ended up getting ripped off for $100.

Now the Hagerstown man wants to make sure others don't fall for the ruse.

This weekend, a man named "Buck" offered Selby, 30, a high-paying construction job.

Selby thought it was a legitimate offer because he got the lead from his former boss, who said he knew the Duncannon, Pa., man seven years ago.

On Sunday, Selby met Buck at a Hagerstown bar. Buck was very convincing. He said the job was on Interstates 81 and 70.


"He had all the answers. He made it sound real good," Selby said.

Selby was intrigued by the offer, which paid more than his job does. He could use the extra money because he and his wife are buying a house.

Buck told Selby all that was needed to seal the deal was $100 for union dues.

Selby thought better of it, but decided to give him the cash anyway.

"Today I don't know why I did it," he said.

His former boss also agreed to take a job with Buck, although he didn't put up any money, Selby said.

But when Selby showed up for work as instructed Tuesday morning, Buck was nowhere to be found.

Selby reported the incident to Hagerstown City Police, who said they are investigating.

They traced the tag number of the car the man was driving, which Selby had instinctively written down.

Selby also has revisited the bar where he learned that at least two other people fell for the same trick.

Selby said he's relieved that he didn't quit his job.

He wants others to know the story so they don't fall for the same ploy.

"I'm not worried about the money. I don't want it to happen to anybody else," he said.

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