Job scams

Consumers and businesses should be on the lookout for the following job scams targeting Canadians:

Mystery shopper scam

Consumers receive a text message advising them that they have been selected to be a mystery shopper. Shoppers Drug Mart, Shoppers Canada, Mystery Shopper are among some of the companies commonly misrepresented as employers. Consumers who reply with interest receive a cheque in the mail with instructions to attend various stores, complete transactions, send funds by Money Service Business (MSB) and rate the services experienced. The “employee” is told to deposit the cheque and keep a portion of the money as a payment.

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Car wrapping scam

Consumers receive an unsolicited text message stating that they can earn $300 to $500 per week by wrapping their car, truck, SUV or bike with a “company” logo. An email link is provided and consumers who respond receive instructions and a contract followed by a cheque in the mail. Consumers are instructed to deposit the cheque and withdraw a portion of the funds. Upon completion, victims are advised to deposit the funds into a specific bank account to pay a graphics company and/or other fees. Consumers then learn that the cheque is counterfeit and that they are responsible for any funds withdrawn.  Fraudsters will falsely impersonate legitimate companies such as Clearly Canadian, Monster Energy, Coca Cola and Heineken in an attempt to make the job seem real.

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Financial agent

Scammers use free online classified websites or unsolicited email campaigns to recruit potential victims. Consumers answer the ad or email offer to become a “financial agent” or “client manager” and subsequently correspond via email with the fraudsters. Victims are hired as payment processors for the suspect company and their job is to receive payments from the company’s clients. Commonly, victims report receiving e-transfers or wire transfers into their bank account. After receiving the payments, the victims are directed to send money through Western Union, MoneyGram or Bitcoin to a company representative usually in Eastern Europe (e.g. Russia or Ukraine).

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