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Wednesday January 20th, 2016

Posted at 2:57pm

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The RCMP is warning of a new Mystery/Secret Shopper scheme that has a Windsor connection.

They say recently courier packages were intercepted originating from the United States containing fraudulent cheques addressed to individuals who had answered job ads to become mystery/secret shoppers.

These type of schemes are advertised on the internet through job ads found on websites, such as Craigslist or Kijiji.

The victim responding to the ad is required to provide their personal contact and employment information. Once the victim is approved as a secret shopper, they receive correspondence indicating that a cheque and instructions have been sent by courier.

The courier package that is sent originates from the State of Iowa.

The victim is then asked to cash the cheque and use a money transfer company to wire a portion of the funds to a specific person or place, but the victim later finds out the cheque is counterfeit, and then he or she is on the hook for the money wired.

Police say that in these cases, the cheques provided were fraudulently purported to be issued from a bank account belonging to the University of Windsor.

They say that if you believe you are a victim of a mystery/secret shopper scheme, please report it to Canadian Anti-Fraud
Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

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