August, 25, 2023: The CAFC is seeing an increase in job opportunity frauds. Using the names of real companies in Canada, the fraudsters are offering victims freelance job opportunities to "boost" products, apps or videos using software created by the fraudsters. After the victim installs the software and creates an account, they receive "orders" or "tasks" they have to complete. Victims might receive a small payment or commission in order to convince them that the job is legitimate.
Victims deposit their funds into crypto accounts or wallets. Similar to crypto investment scams, victims will see funds in their crypto account, but will not have the ability to withdraw the funds they have deposited and earned.
- Email and text
- Phone and fax
Many scams target and take advantage of people looking for a job.
Variations that have been reported to us include:
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 At this point, you learn that the cheque is counterfeit and you're responsible for any funds withdrawn.
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:
- Administrative assistant
- Data entry clerk
- Mystery shopper
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.
Scammers will try to recruit you with a job offer through:
- unsolicited email or text message
- online classified ads
- job posting websites
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.
You receive a notice that you have been selected to be a:
- mystery shopper
- quality control officer
- client service strategist
- personal assistant
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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