Ponoka RCMP warn of fraudulent activity

Scammers offer work, take money and leave

The Ponoka RCMP is warning the public of two different scams going around town.

Suspects approach a residence and offer a paving job. Suspect(s) then require money upfront. The job is either poorly done or not done at all and the suspect(s) leave area.

Another scam targets business owners.

Suspect(s) place an order mentioning that they will have the funds mailed out for a product.

After further electronic communication the suspect mentions that their Financial Security Advisor had mailed a cheque but had overpaid.

The suspect(s) request the cheque be cashed and the overbalance be returned to them.

The suspect(s) give a sad story about their life trying to gain the trust of the victim.

The cheque is cashed, the money is sent away, and then the cheque will come back as insufficient and the victim of this scam is out the money and/or product.

If you have information, please call the Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), you may be eligible for a cash reward.

-Submitted by Ponoka RCMP

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