Selkirk RCMP are warning the public of an increase in complaints regarding “Mail scams”.
Police say that in this scam people have received a letter in the mail from a Lottery company or business containing a check or money order that they were not expecting. Instructions are to cash the check, keep a partial amount of the money and then forward the remaining funds on to another party.
RCMP report that the check or money orders appear valid. If cashed and found fraudulent by a financial institution, you will be held responsible for the entire amount plus any fees as well.
Information about this and other scams can be found on the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (Phonebusters) website.
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre is a national call centre where victims can report fraud complaints such as this. The information collected assists with investigations. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre can also be reached by telephone at 1-888-495-8501.
March is Fraud Prevention Month: Recognize it, Report it, Stop it!