NPD says online classified ad fraud targeting Nelson residents

NPD says online classified ad fraud targeting Nelson residents

There's another scam making its rounds in the Heritage City Sergeant Corey Hoy of the Nelson Police Department said Monday in a media release.

Hoy said the new fraud targets Nelson area residents utilizing online classified ads.

"Respondents to ads for employment have been receiving fake cheques in the mail," Hoy explained.

"Once the cheque is obtained, victims of this fraud are requested to electronically forward large sums of money to other people in other cities."

Hoy said there have been a great number of incidents involving the same fraud targeting Nelsonites within the last two weeks.

"Nelson Police are asking anyone who receives a cheque in the mail for services to be rendered, and directions to forward all or part of the monies to third parties, to be mindful of this scam and alert the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center or the Nelson Police Department," Hoy said.

The phone number for the Canadian anti-fraud center at 1-888-495-8501 or Nelson Police Department 250-354-3919.

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