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Thursday June 6th, 2013

Posted at 3:28pm

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Handout photo by Amherstburg Police

Amherstburg Police are warning of a new cheque cashing scam.

Police say they have received several complaints in relation to the scam where victims are reporting they are being contacted via E-mail from a “legitimate” looking company after placing a “Seeking Employment” ad on Kijiji.

The scheme is as follows:

  • The contact person is using legitimate companies as a front for their scheme.
  • Upon receiving the victims resume the contact person responds with further information on the company, the job description and wages.
  • The victim is then advised that they would act as a contact point, or liaison, between the customer and the vendor.
  • The victim would be paid $400 per week.
  • During the first 2 weeks the victim would be tested in several ways; seeking out prices for office supplies that would be required at the new local location.

Police say another one of these tests will be for “trustworthiness” The victim is then advised that for the time being, they would be paid by existing customers via bank draft or money order. They would be required to subtract the wage from this amount and forward the remainder back to the company’s main branch.

An authentic looking cheque or money order (see above photo) in a large denomination will be couriered to the victim for them to cash, subtract their wage and send the remainder via western union to a materials supplier in a foreign country.

Police warn that this is a SCAM.

If you are aware and/or have become a victim of such a crime, please contact Amherstburg Police at 519-736-3622.

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