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‘Mystery shopper’ job scam defrauds Brantford woman of $6K

A Brantford, Ont. woman is out $6,000 after responding to a text message advertisement for a job inviting her to become a ‘mystery shopper.’

When she responded to the ad, a man told her to cash a cheque worth $3,000, keep $500 for herself, spend money at a retail store and evaluate the service. She was then told to take the unspent money to a bank that was not her own and make a deposit. The process was then repeated a second time, but the second deposit was made into a completely different bank account where the scam was then revealed.

The woman was told by her financial institution that the original cheques she deposited were fraudulent and was was responsible for the money.

Read more at CBC News

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.