Windsor Police are warning the public about the re-emergence of the “Mystery Shopper Scam”. Police have received a number of complaints recently from Windsor residents who have received in the amount of $938.00. In all cases, the cheque is accompanied by a letter advising the recipient that they have been selected as a “Mystery Shopper”.
The letter further advises the recipient that they will be evaluating the “Effectiveness and Efficiency” of the Western Union money transfer service at local Wal Mart stores. Recipients are asked to cash the cheque, keep $100 for themselves as an employment fee, and then wire back $800 to the fraudster. In all cases, the cheque will bounce and the recipient will be liable for the $800.
Police remind the public to never cash any cheques that are received unsolicited and to never send money electronically to person(s) unknown to them.
Windsor Police are asking anyone who may be in receipt of one of these fraudulent cheques to contact the WPS Financial Crimes Unit at 519-255-6700 ext. 4325.