If you think scam season is over, you might want to think twice.
Kelowna RCMP are warning the public to be vigilant no matter the time of the year.
This comes after a report from Global News of a Kelowna man that almost lost $3,500 dollars after answering a job post sent to him via text message.
He then received a cheque for $3,500 dollars with instructions to cash it and buy several items as an alleged “secret shopper.”
Sgt. Greig Dickie says people shouldn’t trust money sources that come from strangers.
“The cheque that they are sending you is not going to be a valid cheque, it’ll either be stolen or it’s going to be a completely fraudulent cheque and you are going to be out the money.”
Dickie adds people should be suspicious of strange callers or messages as well.
“If it’s just the case where somebody you don’t know reaches out to you and asks you to do a favour, purchase items for them and send them to them and they’ll pay you via cheque and give you twice the value, that’s a red flag right off the get go.”
“You can hang up, call the police, don’t engage them any further.”
He advises people to be suspicious when receiving cheques from people they don’t know.