Job

Scam medium:

  • Email and text
  • Internet
  • Phone and fax

Targeting:

  • Individuals

Many scams target and take advantage of people looking for a job.

Variations that have been reported to us include:

Car wrapping

Scammers send you an unsolicited message that you can earn $300 to $500 per week by wrapping your car, truck, SUV or bike with a "company" logo. If you respond, you receive instructions and a contract followed by a cheque in the mail.

The scammers instruct you to deposit the cheque into your account, and withdraw some of the funds. Then you're directed to deposit the money into a specific bank account to pay a graphics company and/or other fees. At this point, you learn that the cheque is counterfeit and you're responsible for any funds withdrawn.

Counterfeit cheque

In this scam, a scammer sends a text message or email to people who post their resumes online, offering them a job. Job offers can vary and have included:

The scammer sends you a counterfeit cheque with a story about why they need help to cash it. They ask you to cash it and return some of the funds to the fraudster.

Financial agent

Scammers will try to recruit you with a job offer through:

The job may be called a "financial agent" or "client manager". When you answer the offer, the scammers hire you as a payment processor for the suspect company. Your job is to receive payments from the company's clients. You'll receive e-transfers or wire transfers into your bank account. The scammers then direct you to send money through Bitcoin to a company representative. The money received is either from compromised accounts or other fraud victims. The scam has made you a money mule. You could be arrested for money laundering.

Mystery shopper

You receive a notice in the mail that you have been selected to be a:

The notice includes a cheque and some instructions. The scammer asks you to deposit the money into your personal bank account and to transfer a large part of the money into a specific bank account

The fraudsters may also ask you to make small purchases, such as gift cards, and to provide the numbers to them to confirm that they work.

At every step, the scammer asks you to complete and submit a customer service survey based on your experiences. The surveys are a prop to convince you the job is real. You later find out that the cheque you deposited is fake and you now owe money to the bank.

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