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Employment Scam Showing Up in Saint John

Thu August 20, 2020

Saint John Police Force is warning job seekers about a new scam making the rounds. What appears to be a prospective employer is contacting potential employees who have placed resumes online, make a job offer and an online interview is conducted.  Personal information is requested and once provided, you are “hired” on a probationary basis.  Due to Covid-19 limitations, you are then asked to use your own bank accounts to manage financial transactions for the company.  

You will then receive money from them by e-transfer, wire or cheque.  You are then asked to send it to a client by Bitcoin, gift card or other means.  The money received is either from compromised accounts or other fraud victims.  Your bank may lock down your accounts if they detect fraudulent activity in order to protect you and their institution.

For more information on current scams please visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website at https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/.

Jim Hennessy
Manager of Communications/Public Information
Saint John Police Force