Police Warn Of Job Scam
Monday November 21st, 2016
Posted at 2:11pm
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LaSalle Police are waning of a new scam that involves a job opportunity in the mobile IT realm.
Police say that a company by the name AJ Business Solutions LTD based out of Calgary contacted a resident in the town recently.
They say that this company has a legitimate looking website, however no one picks up the phone, and the only way to communicate with the company is through email correspondence.
The resident completed the on-line application, which consisted of basic information, including his email address. He was advised that he was hired and was sent $1,855 via e-transfer into his bank account. He was told he would have to re-send the funds to various locations via “Bitcoin” ATM or similar means.
Police say that fortunately the resident became suspicious of these instructions and did not provide any banking information or transfer any of the funds.
A LaSalle police officer contacted the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and was advised that this is a newer version of what is called a “job scam”. There are currently six other potential victims within Canada, all occurring in the month of November.
As of this time, none of the victims that actually re-routed funds have been notified by their banking institutions that the initial funds they received were in fact fraudulent.
LaSalle Police remind you to be suspicious of such situations in which they are requested to accept funds, to be redistributed. In most of these situations, the victim will accept funds which will turn out to be fraudulent at a later date, often several weeks after they have sent real money from their own account.