OPP Warn of Employment Scam

OPP are warning residents about an employment scam that was posted in a local newspaper.

Officers from the Frontenac and Sharbot Lake detachments have received several complaints about a wanted ad posted in the classified section, seeking an experienced caregiver to look after an elderly person with Dementia.

The ad said applicants would correspond with the fraudsters via email where they would then arrange an overpayment fraudulent cheque worth around $3,000 to be mailed out to the potential victims.

The interested candidate would be instructed to keep $400 from the cheque and forward the balance through some type of money transfer back to the culprit.

OPP say you should be cautious of any overpayment in the form of a money order or cheque.

They suggest protecting yourself by knowing who you deal with and getting as much information from them as possible (including confirmation the person/buyer name, street address and telephone number), never accept a cheque or money order for more than your selling price, never agree to wire back funds to a buyer, and resist pressure to "act now".

You can always visit a bank branch to determine if the cheque or money order is legitimate.

Click here for more information about similar scams or call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.