New mail fraud reported

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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Prince Albert police have received new reports of attempted mail fraud and are reminding citizens to exercise caution.

The scam revolves around an authentic-looking cheque sent to recipients with the conceit that the victim is a “mystery shopper.” Despite the correspondence bearing the name of a real company called “Tiffany Gate Foods,” the actual company is a legitimate business that has reacted with horror at being associated with the scam.

The victim is invited to cash the cheque, use some of the funds for personal shopping, and send the balance via a Western Union wire transfer to other “mystery shoppers.” The cheque is then returned as non-negotiable, with the victim responsible for the total amount of whatever money has been spent and any that has been wired away.

Several similar attempts at fraud have appeared recently with the same theme of cashing a cheque, using some of the proceeds for personal use and wiring the balance on to a third party. Police remind citizens that no reputable company does business in this manner and that if something appears “too good to be true,” it probably is.

Organizations: Prince Albert, Western Union

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  • Rod Lucas
    January 25, 2013 - 19:41

    I think this is great that the frauds are becoming more and more protected. I miss the good old days when you could have anyone in your home from a homeless person to a plumber in toronto without any worry of them stealing or hurting you.

  • Dave
    October 23, 2012 - 08:42

    I received the exact same thing and im in Toronto Ontario, they made it seem really real telling me that i need to wait until the cheque clears and then before i even touch the money to call them for detailed instructions.. It did seem way too good to be true but they convinced me it was real.. Im going to try to withdraw all the money in my account and hold onto it for a few days/a week to see if it bounces... If it does i wasnt stupid enough to spend the money and if it doesn't and nobody contacts me about it it was clearly a scam and i am definitely keeping the money lol maybe il keep it for 2 weeks to be safe

  • burgy
    September 25, 2012 - 21:29

    Thank you Received same mail fraud in Kanata, On today 25 Sep 2012