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Sunshine Coast RCMP reporting fresh scams circulating

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Sunshine Coast RCMP say they’re seeing a fresh wave of scams, two of them targeting online buyers and sellers.

In one case an area resident selling an item on a popular on-line classified site thought they had a buyer.  A price was set, but the buyer sent a cheque for much more and said the extra was to cover shipping.  The suspicious seller had a bank confirm it was fraudulent.

In a similar case a person who wanted to buy concert tickets from an on-line classified was asked to send partial payment via e-mail transfer to a third party and the balance when the tickets arrived.  They never did.

RCMP also say somebody was caught by a computer virus that caused a pop-up window, and when they clicked it someone called them and talked them into giving a credit card number and remote access to the computer.   By the time they realized it was a scam and tried to cancel the credit card it was too late; the fraudster had already used the account.

The Canadian Anti Fraud Centre keeps tabs on the latest scams and offers advice on how not to get taken in.

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