On August 10, 2009 a 39 year old woman from Kamloops applied online to become a ?mystery shopper?. Having been involved in this type of business before without any problem, the woman assumed this transaction would be legitimate. After being contacted by the company via email, a cheque in the amount of $2933.69 arrived at the woman?s home several days later. As per the agreement, the woman deposited the cheque with a Montreal address in to her account. She then took out $326 as payment for becoming a mystery shopper, forwarding the remaining $2607.69 to an address in China via Western Union. Several days later the victim?s bank called her advising the cheque was worthless and she was responsible for paying back the $2607.69
The RCMP continues to warn all residents of the potential of becoming a victim of fraud any time you are dealing with a person or company you are not familiar with. The RCMP would ask all people to fully research any person or company before sending them anything of value. In addition to scams using the internet, police would also caution all residents on scams involving the mail and telephone.
If you have been the victim of a fraud you are asked to call the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or your local police office.