On Oct. 2, a Mitchell resident contacted the Perth County OPP to report a scam she almost fell victim to.
The resident had applied online to become a “consumer survey specialist” for a Mississauga company.
The company provided her with a representative ID number and a form indicating her position, her rate of pay, and her first assignments.
She was advised that this was a self training program in which she would pose as a shopper at large retail outlets and spend $100 to purchase any product of her choice.
Upon the completion of the purchase she would complete a customer service evaluation form which was to be faxed back to the Mississauga company.
As part of a second assignment, she received a cheque for $3,200 to deposit into her own bank account.
She was advised to complete money transfers of $1,600 each at two well known money transfer companies to the same recipient.
The woman completed both assignments; however, upon transferring the $3,200 she became uneasy and immediately cancelled the order prior to the money being sent.
She checked with her local bank and discovered that the company’s cheque had not yet been cleared.
The OPP continues to investigate the incident.