(Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

RCMP warns of new online scam

The RCMP is putting the community on alert about a new scam involving both online games and job posting websites.

Individuals are being contacted after their resume is posted on a popular online job website.

Fraudsters then pose as a human resource manager for a multinational consultancy firm and advise the victim they will send them money. They then send a $1250 cheque and request a picture of the amount being deposited in the person’s bank account. From there, the victim is asked to purchase gift cards to Steam, an online video game store, in $50 or $100 increments.

RCMP said they are aware of at least two of these scams in the past week and are reminding citizens to never give personal or banking information to strangers online or over the phone. They also said that anyone who feels uneasy to ask for name and contact info for the hiring company to confirm the individual’s identity.

The public is asked to report any scams to the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575 or to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19: One more death reported in central zone

Number of active cases has decreased by more than 200 since last week

EMS dispatch is being consolidated

Alberta Health Services says EMS 911 dispatch will be consolidated across the… Continue reading

Stolen truck crashes into Parkland Mall

A pickup truck rammed into a Parkland Mall store. Cpl. Michael Evans… Continue reading

Most Alberta students and staff will be required to wear masks in school this fall

Masks must be worn by older students when Alberta schools reopen this… Continue reading

Bard on Bower is cancelling its 2020 season

A recent rise in COVID-19 cases have inflamed public gathering concerns

Protestors for Indigenous Lives Matter gather in Wetaskiwin

Protestors gathered along 56 St Wetaskiwin, Alta. August 4, 2020 for Indigenous Lives Matter.

David Marsden: Back-to-school plan makes sense

Albertans are wise to propose ways to improve students’ return to classrooms… Continue reading

Triumphant return for retooled Marlins, who beat Orioles 4-0

Triumphant return for retooled Marlins, who beat Orioles 4-0

First-year Argos head coach Dinwiddie dealing with COVID-19 pandemic uncertainty

First-year Argos head coach Dinwiddie dealing with COVID-19 pandemic uncertainty

Aho, Reimer help Hurricanes beat Rangers 4-1 for sweep

Aho, Reimer help Hurricanes beat Rangers 4-1 for sweep

Emerging young stars stand out at MLS tournament

Emerging young stars stand out at MLS tournament

Leafs solve Korpisalo, but lose Muzzin as Toronto evens series with Columbus 1-1

Leafs solve Korpisalo, but lose Muzzin as Toronto evens series with Columbus 1-1

Calgary Flames take 2-1 series lead with 6-2 win over Winnipeg Jets

Calgary Flames take 2-1 series lead with 6-2 win over Winnipeg Jets

Riley’s 3-run homer helps Fried, Braves beat Blue Jays 10-1

Riley’s 3-run homer helps Fried, Braves beat Blue Jays 10-1

Most Read