The West Shore RCMP are investigating a recent string of online frauds.
“In the past two weeks, three fraud investigations were reported to have similar circumstances,” said Cst. Nancy Saggar, West Shore RCMP Media Relations Officer.
“All complainants advised that they answered an online add to work from home. They had contact with the potential employer who sent them a cheque to pay for their work, buy some supplies and then send the rest of the money back to the employer. The cheques were anywhere from $2000-4000.”
In one case, the victim cashed the cheque, spent the money and then was notified by the bank that the cheque was fraudulent. The victim was out thousands of dollars.
Two of the victims looked online, researched the employers and online scams and discovered they were being scammed.
Before you accept or send money to anyone make sure you have done some research and understand who you are communicating with.
To find more information on frauds, how to report and keep yourself safe visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre or call them at 1-888-495-8501.
Cst. Nancy Saggar, Media Relations Officer
West Shore RCMP, 698 Atkins Avenue, Victoria, BC V9B3A4
Office: 250-474-2264 | Fax: 250-474-8790
To contact the Sooke RCMP, call 250-642-5241