The Overpayment Scam

Whatever the excuse (and there is ALWAYS an excuse!), overpayment scams are very common!  Here is an actual example of one that just occurred at a Winnipeg Credit Union (names/location are deleted to ensure privacy):

Please be advised that a Credit Union member, who owns a small independent cleaning company, was contacted by an individual in another province who claimed to be moving to Winnipeg, and needed the apartment she would be moving into cleaned before her arrival. Although price of $350 was negotiated, the member received a cheque, drawn on another Credit Union, for $4,200.  When she contacted the sender, the member was advised to keep $350 from the cheque as agreed upon and then to send the balance to the company that would be moving her furniture. The suspect provided an address to where the funds should be sent. Credit Union staff put a hold on the cheque, which was returned as counterfeit before our member disbursed any funds.

Had the Credit Union member not had the cheque held, and not found out it was counterfeit, they would have been out the $3850 that would have been sent to the ‘moving company’ (which may or may not have been in on the scam).  Protect yourself!

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