Serenity Edward had spent about six months job hunting when someone claiming to be with Todd Energy, a major natural gas provider in New Zealand, reached out to her offering an interview for a customer service position.
Someone claiming to be "David Bradley," the employee supervisor for Todd Energy, reportedly told Edward he found her through ZipRecruiter.
Over the next few days, the company sent Edward multiple professional-looking documents. Edward went through a 30-minute chat interview through Google Hangouts and soon after received an acceptance letter.
Edward was told she would be involved in founding the local customer service center in Harker Heights. After being told she was hired, she completed several costumer service-related research assignments over the next week.
Two weeks after Edward first communicated with the company, she got her first check in the mail, and at first glance it seemed legitimate.
"If you turn it at an angle, you can see the DocuGard symbol," Serenity's husband, Antonio Edward, said.
The check was for $3,950, and Antonio said some of the text seemed to be slightly in the wrong place. When Edward took that check to the bank, the teller told her it was a fraud.
That's when Edward said all the red flags started to appear. There were odd job titles like "social worker" included in the supposed energy company's first email, and people she communicated with did not use company emails.
When Channel 6 inspected the website for the real Todd Energy there was no indication that the company did business outside New Zealand.
"It broke my heart," Edward said. "I really want to work. They took advantage of that."
On top of being out a job and a paycheck, Edward filled out documents, including an I-9 where she was required to list her social security number, when she accepted the job-- which means she and her husband may be at risk of identity theft.
Edward and her husband said they believe "David" was going to either ask them to pay a fake supplier for computer equipment before the fake check bounced, or just wanted to get their bank account numbers to access their finances with the information provided on the I-9.
Edward said she and her husband have since secured all their accounts but still worry about the potential security threat.