Scam reported

North Okanagan residents warned of alleged scam

  • Jul. 17, 2011 9:00 a.m.

North Okanagan residents are being warned of an alleged scam.

Officers have been advised of a situation where residents receive a letter from someone claiming to have been engaged by a company to check service levels.

“They send a cheque for $974,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson.

“The instructions are to cash it and then keep a portion for yourself and send $813.00 to them. What participants have learned in the past is this: if your bank accepts the cheque and you send the money you will quickly learn the cheque is a fake and you will be out the cash you wired out or spent.”

Contact with the company mentioned in the letter confirms they do not conduct these kinds of surveys.

“The RCMP wants to advise everyone to always be careful and alert to all types of scams. Always check it out,” said Molendyk.

“One place to look is the Better Business Bureau website under top 10 scams. This type of scam is listed in the seventh category along with the grandparent scam and others. Be careful and remember that if it looks too good to be true it likely is.”