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Police investigate online scheme involving fake Brock cheques

11/8/2012

The NRP and Brock want you to be on the alert for bogus cheques that appear to be issued by the university and are being circulated throughout Canada.

The cheques have been issued to people responding to an online advertisement seeking “secret shoppers.”
 
Respondents are couriered phony cheques bearing the University’s name and address, as well as the name of a major bank.

People are asked to cash the cheques and wire a large portion of funds to a third party, under the guise of carrying out a secret shopper mission at the money transfer service.

Meanwhile, the cheque bounces, leaving the recipient on the hook for its value.
 
The bank account on which the bogus cheques are written is a deposit-only account, and does not pay out withdrawals or cash cheques.
 
So far, the University has received about 30 reports of the worthless cheques turning up as far away as Calgary and Newfoundland, with fake values ranging from almost two thousand to three thousand dollars.
 
Police and the University are advising anyone who receives a suspicious cheque to destroy it.

One way to tell if a cheque is counterfeit is by the bank’s address.

The bogus Brock cheques show the bank as being in Toronto.

Anyone with information is asked to call NRP or CrimeStoppers.

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