The Terrace RCMP are warning people of a new round of scams.
This scam is commonly referred to as the Money Transfer Request.
The scammer will contact the victim through social media, and offer a job as a collections person for an out of country company.
Cheques are sent to the victim from companies in North America that supposedly owe the company money.
The victim then cashes the cheques, taking a percentage of the payment, then wire transfers the remainder to the company.
The cheques are from legitimate companies that most likely have been stolen from the mail, with only the payee name being altered.
The amount, signatures, and other information are still the same.
The cheques initially clear, and the crime is not noticed until much later when the they bounce.
But once the victim wire transfers their own money, it’s very difficult to reverse and almost impossible if sent overseas.
Police say keep in mind the old adage of “if it’s too good to be true, then it probably isn’t.”
Go to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre’s website for more information on how to protect yourself.