Beware of scammers
Thursday, Mar 09, 2017 06:00 am
March is fraud prevention month and we encourage Airdrie residents to be cautious of scams.
With Alberta’s economy in the slumps, one of the top 10 scams in 2016 was employment scams, according to Leah Brownridge, media and corporate communications specialist with Better Business Bureau (BBB) Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay (see story on page 7).
For people who may be laid off and have been for several months, an employment scam might seem hopeful and legitimate but it’s important to remember scammers often take advantage of vulnerable people in these types of situations.
One of the most common employment scams is the mystery shopper scam, where job seekers are usually contacted through text messages about an opportunity to work as a mystery shopper. If interested, the job seeker receives a cheque with special instructions.
According to the BBB, the job seeker is then instructed to deposit the cheque and keep a portion of the funds as payment for the job. The job seeker is asked to wire the remaining funds but the cheque is actually fake and eventually bounces, leaving the job seeker accountable for the money.
This is just one of the many ways people all over the world are scammed on a daily basis. If it doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t.