RCMP Warning The Public About “Mystery Shopper” Scam

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are warning the public to be vigilant after investigating fraud complaints regarding a job scam.

According to Cst. Nancy Saggar with the Fort St. John RCMP, the scam usually begins with an e-mail or text message advertisement that lets would-be participants become a “Mystery Shopper”. A cheque is sent out along with a letter outlining specific tasks that need to be completed at selected retailers to evaluate customer service.

Individuals are instructed to deposit or cash the cheque while keeping a portion of the money as payment. The remaining amount gets transferred to the company claiming to have hired the mystery shopper. Eventually the targeted individual is notified by their bank that the cheque was fraudulent.

The Fort St. John RCMP would like to remind the public to be vigilant against these types of fraud and to protect their personal information. Anyone with information about the scan can contact the Fort St. John RCMP at (250) 787-8100, or can call Crimestoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.

For further information on frauds you may come across visit www.antifraudcentre.ca or call 1-888-495-8501.

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