Good for you for realizing this is a scam. You wouldn't believe the number of new freelancers that actually fall for this and it ends up costing them thousands, and all it takes is a little common sense to sniff out this scam. Hang in there. Google Hangouts=scam. It will be hard and frustrating at first because since you are new the scammers will target you.
Just keep on keeping on, apply smart with a kick-butt cover letter and you will be on your way in no time.
Much Luck to You!!!