2019-06-06 15:25 PDT
On June 5th and 6th, 2019, the Fort St John RCMP received multiple reports of a fraud scam that occurred through contact on the online marketplace site, Fort St John (FSJ) Now.
In each instance, someone identifying themselves as “Jennifer Brooks”, electronically contacted multiple persons who were selling items on FSJ Now saying she was interested in buying items. Brooks would then send a cheque for a significant amount of money over what the seller was asking. Once the seller received the cheque “Brooks” would text them, asking that they return the overpaid amount back to “Brooks” through an electronically transfer. The cheques appear real and have the information from a legitimate painting company in Vancouver, however the cheques themselves are fraudulent.
The Fort St John RCMP want to warn the public that if someone pays you with a cheque that has a larger amount than the agreed upon amount, and asks for the difference to be electronically transferred back, this is likely a fraudulent scam. Don’t cash the cheque or transfer the funds back to the sender.
The Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information in this matter to contact police. If you have information about this incident, you are asked to contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca
Cst. Chad Neustaeter
Media Relations Officer
Fort St John RCMP