Public Safety Alert,
Online Employment Scam
Broadcast time: 21:26
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Case #: 2020-853714
The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an ongoing fraud investigation.
On Thursday, May 7, 2020, officers began an investigation into an online employment scam.
It is reported that:
- once hired, the employee was directed to attend an address to pick-up an envelope from a particular location
- the employee would pick up the envelope, which contained a cheque made out in their name
- they would be directed to deposit the cheque into their own account as part of the job and keep $50 as payment
- the employee would further be directed to withdraw the funds (minus the $50) and attend a location to recharge credit cards or turn over the money to another person
- alternatively, the employee has been directed to take the cash and deposit it into a bitcoin machine
Police would like to remind the public there are no delivery jobs that involve picking up cheques made out to employees and depositing them into their own account.
In this scam, the cheque is worthless and the value of the cheque will be removed from the victim’s bank account. This will cause the victim to sustain a loss of money and their accounts may be frozen by the bank.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes or Google Play.
For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.
Constable Michelle Flannery, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Mickael Ferreira , 14 Division