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Dec 16 2011

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Fraudsters targeting Newcomers!

This is a message shared by one of our newcomer friends in Toronto. Unbelievable, but they are in fact targeting the most vulnerable Newcomers :(.

Dear All,

I would like to alert you all about a mafia committing fraud on unsuspecting new immigrant with a lure of work from home. My new immigrant friend has been cheated to a tune of 2800 CAD $.

The modus operandi is this.

Lure the new Immigrant with a life line that is a good job offer…

When new immigrants search for job and post their resume online the fraud mafia might contact you with a job offer of working from home , they would often assume identity of well-known professors in reputed university, theatre artist, musician , or even put some fake company names.

In most of the cases the fraud mafia would publish work from home jobs in CRAIGSList or in KIJIJI, if any of the new comer contact them for job they will offer them a job after some formal interview. Once the interview is done they would send you a cheque stating that its your salary for fifteen day in advance and also to send money to one of their company abroad ( most in Philippines or in Europe). The CHEQUE which they courier to you is FAKE but it looks so AUTHENTIC that even the bank is taken for a ride. The check would have an outstation address probably Montreal or from USA , in most of the cases Bank have cleared the amount and deposit to your account. As soon as you submit the cheque for clearing the fraudster would call you up and inform you to take the 15 days or a week’s salary in advance and transfer the rest of the money to an individual or company outside of Canada.

To make you believe the fraudster would set up an appointment with you and would say that he would be meeting you in person in three weeks’ time.

Once the FAKE cheque is returned without collection the BANK would start harassing you to give return the money they issued to your account and threaten legal action and even arrest for committing a fraud. Even though the bank has been negligent in issuing the money in advance the new immigrant would be afraid to stand against the volley of questions from the bank and would quietly pay it up or face legal action.

NEVER EVER USE YOUR BANK ACCOUNT FOR ANY UNKNOWN THIRD PARTY TRANSACTION, ALL GENUINE COMPANY / INDIVIDUAL HAVE THEIR OWN BANK ACCOUNT TO OPERATE AND WOULD NEVER ASK YOU TO DO THEIR BUSINESS USING YOUR BANK ACCOUNT.

Hope this information helps and keep’s our family of new immigrants safe from these fraud mafia.

Indira Prabhakaran.

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