On July 14, 2015, St. Thomas Police received a call from a citizen who almost fell victim to the common Kijiji over payment scam.
The complainant had advertised a boat for sale for approximately $500.00. A cheque was received in the amount of $2100.00. The buyer indicated that the extra money was for shipping to Nova Scotia and the leftover funds could be sent back.
By the time the bank recognizes the cheque to be fraudulent; the seller usually has already sent the left over funds back to the scammer. Then it becomes the seller’s responsibility to cover the loss.
It’s always best to do transactions in person. This way you are guaranteed payment. Be sure to meet in a public place and bring someone with you.