Money order scam making the rounds: RCMP

Jason Malloy
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BIBLE HILL - An easy task for some quick cash can lead to a big bill if you're not alert, says a local police officer.
RCMP Cpl. Larry Sharbell said the latest scam turning up in Colchester County asks people to cash a money order, take their 10 per cent cut and send the rest back via Western Union.
But as always, if it sounds too good to be true, it likely is.
"It can take up to 10 days for them to clear the bank," Sharbell said of the legit-looking money orders. "Meanwhile the money has already gone back to these guys running the scam, the money orders come back illegal, and the victim ends up being on the hook for the money."
Colchester County RCMP has had a couple of recent reports of the scam, which is originating in Nigeria. One person received three money orders worth $875 a piece on March 20 and another three worth the same amount Monday.
While the money orders were never cashed, had the person followed the instructions they would have been out about $5,000.
"According to PhoneBusters this is one of the more successful scams on the go right now," Sharbell said.
He said the scam starts with either a phone call or an e-mail stating they will be receiving a package from UPS with all the information inside. The instructions say to cash the money order at your own bank because people have been robbed after cashing them at post offices.
For more information on the scam, people can call PhoneBusters at 1-888-495-8501 or visit the website at www.phonebusters.com.

jmalloy@trurodaily.com

Organizations: RCMP, Western Union, UPS

Geographic location: Colchester County, Nigeria

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