Work from home, hours are flexible, the pay is $21 an hour. You’re ready to sign the hiring papers. But that signature could end up costing you cash instead.Greensboro’s Crystal Ezekiel knows this scam firsthand. She’s been looking for a job and posting her resume online. When a pharmaceutical company emailed her about a customer service job, she quickly agreed to an interview. After the job interview via Google Hangout, she was hired! Her next step, take the check she would receive to the bank and deposit it. Then she’d use the money to buy the software and computer she’d need for the job.Of course Crystal was skeptical. So she checked out the company. The solicitation email said the company was Servier Pharmaceutical Company, with a link to its website. When she clicked on it, it showed that Servier is a real company.When the check arrived via FedEx, Crystal followed the instructions and let her contact at the business know she’d received the check. The contact said go the the ATM and deposit it so she would have a receipt as proof. About an hour later, he reached out to find out if she was enroute. Crystal was suspicious by this point and texted back, “I’m enroute to the BBB. This is a scam.” Her contact disconnected immediately.Crystal’s right. The check looks real, but it’s not. If she had deposited it, the bank eventually would have come back and said the check was not drawn on a real account – they would have wanted the money back from Crystal. The problem – if she’d already bought the software and computer, she’d be out the money. Out a total of $3150!Here’s how the scammers get their money. The company was referring Crystal to the vendor to use to buy the software. But the scammer mostly likes owns that vendor too. Because the check was fake, Crystal would be spending her own money. And probably not get any software or equipment.After she showed us the company’s documents, the text of her interview and the check, we dug a little deeper and found some warning signs you should also look out for:The business is real, but only refers to itself as Servier Group - not Servier Pharmaceutical Company like the scam email did.The email came from email@example.com. The real domain for Servier is servier.com.The hiring manager didn’t give their name.There were grammatical errors in their initial email such as “….we are pleased with your qualifications, we believe you have the required qualifications to undergo an online interview.” The writer used a comma instead of a period.The person she’d interview with did not have an email actually linked to the business, just a Gmail account.They wanted to conduct the interview via Skype or Google Hangouts.If you get approached with a job offer that sounds great and includes money to buy equipment or software, don’t take the offer. Let us know by filing a report with BBB's Scam Tracker and file a complaint with the FTC.