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Manitoba musicians targeted in apparent cheque-cashing scam

Multiple Winnipeg musicians have been targeted by an apparent cheque-cashing scam promising thousands of dollars for a gig. The musicians got emails or Facebook messages requesting a performance, but were later told they’d get a cheque for more than their fee and would have to pass on the extra cash to an event planner.

Other musicians and local photographers also targeted

Hamilton said the person behind the emails offered to pay her thousands of dollars to play a family reunion on a Monday afternoon, but when the individual said he could only issue one cheque for her and the event planner, she stopped replying. Recently, another local musician received a cheque worth about $12,000 from the individual and attempted to cash it, but it never cleared. Local photographers say they’ve also been targeted by the emails.

Read more about the scam at CBC News.

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.