(Innisfil, ON) South Simcoe Police Service officers are alerting the public after a new version of the so-called ‘Overpayment Scam’ has surfaced.
A 61-year-old Innisfil woman told police she had responded to a Facebook ad for an apparent advertising company offering to pay applicants weekly to wrap their personal vehicle with a company advertisement. The alleged company representative told the would-be victim he was sending her a cheque for $4,750, instructed her to send back $4,000 and she could keep the rest.
The woman thought the cash was too easy to be true and called police. She was right. It was a scam.
Investigation showed the cheque was a fake and the local company that supposedly wanted advertising on vehicles was being victimized. The scammers were using the company logo as part of the fraud. The business owner told police he had received a similar call from Quebec with another victim.
The details of the fraud vary but the MO is the same. Scammers send a large cheque or deposit a large cheque in a victim’s bank account. The suspects then ask the victim to send back the bulk of the money and keep a smaller amount. It turns out the cheque is fake and victims ends up paying out of their own pockets.
Luckily in this case no money exchanged hands and the would-be victim outwitted the fraudsters.
We want to remind residents that frauds take many forms and are constantly adapting and changing. We can’t emphasize enough the need for a ‘buyer beware’ mentality when dealing with unusual offers from strangers and online. Just like this very wise woman in Innisfil thought: If it’s too good to be true, then it usually is. Call us and we’ll investigate.