FSJ Now! Users Targeted by Scam

Travis Fortnum
06/07/2019

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Police in Fort St. John are warning the public after multiple people have reported being scammed when trying to sell things on the popular local classified site FSJ Now!

The website allows users to post classified ads ranging from sales to job hunting.

The RCMP in Fort St. John say they've received a number of a fraud scam through the site this week alone

According to the RCMP a person going by "Jenifer Brooks" on the site has contacted a number of users looking to sell items.

In each case, "Jennifer Brooks" says they are interested in the item and sends a cheque for a significant amount of money over what the seller asks.

"Brooks" would then send the seller a text, asking them to return the amount overpaid by e-transfer.

However, in each case the cheque was fake.

This meant that the seller would receive nothing for the transaction, and would, in fact, be out the money they sent to the suspect via e-transfer. 

The cheques the sellers have received each have the information of a legitimate Vancouver painting company on them but are fraudulent.

The Fort St. John RCMP is warning the public that if someone overpays you for an item and asks for you to electronically transfer the difference back to them, it's probably a scam.

Your best bet is not to cash the cheque or send the funds back to the sender.

If you have any information about this scam, you're asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100.

Alternatively, you can anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca.

The Fort St. John RCMP have more information on online scams available here.

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