CRIME . If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. That’s the message city police are trying to send after two cheque-cashing scams were reported in the past month.
Police say one of the cases was a “mystery shopper” scam in which a woman received a letter with a $1,000 cheque and was directed to cash the cheque, use the money to shop at a particular business and to report back.
She was also instructed to send a larger sum of money through a wire company to test its customer service. The woman contacted police when the cheque was refused by her bank.
In the second case, police say a man applied for a cleaning job through an online ad and was told by the prospective employer that he was moving to Calgary from the United Kingdom. The employer gave the man a cheque and had him keep a portion for himself and send the rest of the money to an address in the U.S. However, the cheque was determined to be fraudulent and the victim was unable to recover his money.
Individuals who have fallen victim are urged to contact police, and to visit www.phonebusters. com for information.
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