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PFPD Tip: Beware Of Canada Scam

On its Facebook wall, Post Falls Police Department offers this tip re: another scam: The Post Falls Police Department recently received a report of a local resident victimized by a common international fraud scheme that appears to have originated out of Canada.The victim signed up for a Mystery Shopping Program. A company out of New York mailed her a check for $1,379.50. She was instructed to deposit the funds into her personal bank account, then to send $950.00 by Money Gram to a third party in Atlanta, Georgia. The check was counterfeit. And the victim is responsible for paying the bank back. It’s never a good idea to deposit a check from someone you don’t know and then wire money back, especially if being instructed to send it outside the United States. Once funds are wired out of the country, it’s impossible to recover.

Question: Have you encountered this scam?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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