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Monday November 4th, 2013

Posted at 1:38pm

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LaSalle Police are warning the public of a ‘very detailed scam’ that recently took place in LaSalle.

Police say a man was searching for employment online and was hired as a “customer service evaluator”. A cheque was sent to him with a sum just under $5000. He was told to cash cheque and make purchases at various stores within his area, interacting with customers and staff as per directions on employers forms. Police say he was then told to send three smaller cheques back — totalling over $3000 — through Western Union to locations and names listed by employer.

The man told police that he realized he had been scammed when the cheque did not clear and he was out the $3000 he sent through Western union.

Police say “the problem is your bank often will not know the cheque you just cashed is fraudulent as often it is a legit cheque which was stolen and the recipients name changed on it. They will not know this until the intended recipient contacts the sending party inquiring as to where their money is.”

LaSalle Police warn that Western Union is often used because all a person has to do is create fake ID and go to the location that they chose to pick up the money at at.

“It’s difficult for police to catch the responsible parties because all names are fake and always involves the victim and offender(s) residing in distant cities, provinces or often countries.” say LaSalle Police. “The bottom line is if you receive a cheque from an unknown party and instructed to cash it and send a portion back, Western Union or similar agency, this is more than likely a scam, and DON’T DO IT.”

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