Recently, many Abitibi residents were victimized by scammers pretending that they had inherited several million US dollars. This is the scam used by the fraudsters:
- The targets received a letter addressed to their name at their residence. To receive the inheritance, they had 14 days to provide their contact information by email;
- The scammers claimed that this was a legal transaction, but instructed the victims not to tell anyone about it for security reasons;
- Those who replied to this first request received calls and emails from the fraudsters as well as a form asking for more personal information;
- The victims then received a cheque for a few thousand dollars from a company called Clintar Landscape Management, located in Mississauga, Ontario. Of course the cheque was BOGUS.
- To receive their inheritance, the victims were asked to send a larger amount of money than the cheque they received;
- When the victims tried to cash the NSF cheque, they realised too late that this was all a scam…
Fraudulent cheques are used in a variety of scams such as prize or inheritance pitch. It can never be stressed enough: if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is! To protect yourself against this type of fraud, do not wire any money before you have confirmed that the cheque or electronic deposit is legitimate.
If you suspect that you are being scammed or have been the victim of a scam, contact your local police immediately and the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre.