REEDS SPRING, Mo. -

Craisigslist  a popular website to look for work, but it's also a place where crooks are on the prowl.

People can buy, sell and trade basically everything on Craigslist.  While trying to get hired, one man from Reeds Spring almost got the shaft.

Randy Erhardt is a school bus driver and looking for part-time work. He responded to a post about a driving job -- looking for someone to drive Mrs. Laura to Springfield for cancer treatments.

"You hear about the lady with stage four cancer.  We've drove kids with special needs.  We've had other people in the family with cancer so we had the feeling of we can help out and we can make some money," Erhardt said.

He was hired and got a check in the mail.

"It's like a lottery ticket.  My name is on there.  Look at all the numbers on the bottom.  The check was drawn in Boston.  The envelope was sent from Phoenix, Ariz.  When I Googled his phone number, it came from California," he said.

Bercklee College of Music denied the check and so did Bank of America.
The amount is more than what he was quoted.

"He said the rest of the money would need to be sent back to them for a planner," he said.

Consumer experts say all too often crooks will reel you in with a made-up scenario.

"That's a way to throw that line out and hook them with some heart wrenching story," said Judy Mills, chief executive officer of the Better Business Bureau of southwest Missouri.

"There maybe other people out there with a little more wants and needs and when they get a check for $2,300 or $1,500 or whatever, and you are hurting, what do you do?  You go to the bank and cash the check.  Then you come back and you're burned," Erhardt said.

This has happened twice to Erhardt in two weeks. 

If you look through the job listings, ask specific questions.  Then ask again over the phone.  A lot of crooks like to only communicate through email and text.  There's a place on the Craigslist website where you can alert their staff about possible scams.