West Shore RCMP says victim ‘out thousands of dollars’ in online scam

West Shore RCMP says victim 'out thousands of dollars' in online scam

Photo courtesy West Shore RCMP.

Photo courtesy West Shore RCMP.

An online fraud warning from West Shore RCMP that stem from investigations over the past two weeks, costing one victim thousands of dollars.

Police say all complaints indicated answering an online add to work from home.

They had contact with the potential employer who sent a cheque between $2,000 and $4,000 to pay for their work and buy supplies.

The complainants were instructed to send the rest of the money back to the employer.

“In one case the victim cashed the cheque, spent the money and then was notified by the bank that the cheque was fraudulent. The victim was out thousands of dollars.” West Shore RCMP Cst. Nancy Saggar said in a release.

Two others researched the employer and scams online and discovered they were targets of fraud.

“Before you accept or send money to anyone make sure you have done some research and understand who you are communicating with,” Saggar said.

West Shore RCMP says you can visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre or call 1-888-495-8501 for information on frauds and how to report them.


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