Job scams

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New variances of job scams have been added and updated.

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

Mystery shopper

Consumers receive a notice in the mail that they have been selected to be a:

The notice includes a cheque and some instructions. Victims are asked to deposit the money into their personal bank account. Victims are instructed to deposit a large part of the money into a specific bank account. Victims may also be asked to make small purchases; including gift cards. The gift card numbers are provided to the fraudsters to confirm that they work. At every step, victims are asked to complete and submit a customer service survey based on their experiences. The surveys are a prop to convince victims that the job is real. Victims later find out that the cheque they deposited is fake and they now owe money to the bank.

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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 Consumers then learn that the cheque is counterfeit and that they are responsible for any funds withdrawn.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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Work from home

Scammers use free online classified websites or unsolicited email campaigns to recruit potential victims. Consumers answer the ad and receive an offer to become a:

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 personal 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).

In a variation of this scam, the suspect says that they are sending you money to buy the supplies required for your new home office. The fraudster will provide a company name and the banking details for the victim to pay. In the end, all the transactions processed are fraudulent and the victim may end up owing money to the bank.

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Job offer with promise of immigration to Canada

Fraudster are creating fake job postings to work and move to Canada. Fraudsters will often use the name of companies that exist in Canada. Consumers may complete various applications. These applications may request personal and financial information that could be used for identity fraud. Almost immediately, fraudsters will congratulate the consumer on getting the job. The victim will be contacted by someone claiming to help them with the immigration process. The fraudsters may claim to be from Canada High Commission or Immigration Canada. Fraudsters will ask for money for a many reasons (passports, permits, visas, traveler's cheques, etc). Too often, victims will send money many times before they realize that the job does not exist.

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