A 44-year old female is out close to $4000.00 after cashing a fraudulent cheque. The female had posted an add on the buy and sell site Kijiji to clean houses. She received an E-Mail from a woman who indicated that she was in the process of moving from France to St. Thomas and sent a cheque for almost $4000.00. The instructions were to subtract her cleaning fees and product fees and send the remainder to the so called moving company.
So the victim did just that. She deposited the cheque and then made three separate E-Transfers to the “movers”, and it was all good until… The victim received the fraudulent cheque back and her account was frozen. The victim is now out all the money she sent to the scam artists and will not be covered by her financial institution for her loss.
Everyone please remember that when dealing with sites such as Kijiji, try to stick with local sales and cash. If you receive a large cheque before you have completed a deal and they are asking for a portion of it to be returned or sent elsewhere, it’s usually a scam. Don’t loose your savings to these types of criminals.