A Collingwood pensioner, Dennis Gentry, says he is â€œabsolutely disgusted with The Ageâ€ for running ads for scammers who cost who him $1375.
The man answered The Age advertisement for a â€œwork-from homeâ€ job last month.
He was told by the Ageâ€™s scammers that he would be processing travellers cheques and could keep 10 per cent off the top for his trouble as long as he forwarded the rest to â€œAde Williamsâ€ in England.
When he deposited the travellersâ€™ cheques they were good enough to convince the bank initially but were quickly identified as fake.
Gentry has received little help so far from Police who struggle to deal with villains in different jurisdictions.
But he reserved his anger for the newspaper that is cashing in on the scam by accepting the crooksâ€™ money in the first place: The Age. They have directly profited from Dennis Gentryâ€™s loss by trousering hundreds of dollars for the ad.
He told the Leaderâ€™s Michael Gleeson:
â€œAnd Iâ€™m absolutely disgusted with The Age because I thought there would be some sort of guarantee or security (regarding the job advertisement),â€ he said.
In these circumstances, The Age should be compensating the poor bloke for facilitating this scam and taking action to carefully check foreign advertisers in the employment category. Seems like theyâ€™re so desperate for money that they gladly accept it from any source regardless of the ethical and legal issues.