Beware Of Fake Job Offers Scams

Ottawa Police are warning the public of a scam for fake job offers. These fake jobs can come from anywhere, police say. They could be found on a job site or in the paper, or may come from an unsolicited text, or email, especially if you’ve posted your resume online. The jobs are sometimes described as a “secret shopper” position. Other times, the victim is led to believe they’re helping a new business in the city.

Those who respond to the ads are told that they have received the job and are then sent payment by cheque, e-transfer or other means, which they are then instructed to deposit into their bank account. They are then asked to send a large portion of the money to somewhere else; usually by purchasing pre-paid gift cards or depositing the money into a bank account provided to them by the suspects. Once they send the money on, the bank calls to inform them that the cheque or e-transfer was fraudulent and that their account is overdrawn or frozen.

This is a reminder to the public never to send money to anybody you do not know and trust. You can view tips here<http://tinyurl.com/pnrbqew>.

The Ottawa Police Service Organized Fraud Unit is asking persons who are or have been victims of this scam to contact the Ottawa Police and make a report at 613-236-1222 ext. 7300. The call centre is actively tracking all complaints and forwarding them to our Organized Fraud investigators. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.

 

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