Fraud by travellers cheques
Fraudsters tried a traveller’s cheque fraud on me this week.
They then “accidentally” sent me €2,000 in travellers cheques as payment – well over £1,000 too much – and asked me to take my fee out of that money and send the remaining money back to them through Western Union.
Both my bank and American Express have said the cheques are counterfeits.
Fortunately, I hadn’t started the job yet so the only thing I’ve lost is about an hour from emailing the fraudster and dealing with the bank, American Express and the police.
But a lesson has been learnt: If an offer of work looks suspicious, say no.
UPDATE – 5 Dec: Before discovering the cheques are fake, I emailed the fraudster requesting his bank account details so I could send the money directly to him. Today he sent a reply saying that he did not have a bank account.
Claiming that his charity does not have a bank account is a definite red flag.
UPDATE – 6 Dec: I received an email from the website the fraudster contacted me through. The site’s representative has said that some of members of the site, whose details are stored on a database, received “suspect job offers from the same source”.
The email didn’t say if the database the fraudster got our information from (which, presumably, holds all of our personal details) was compromised. Turns out the database wasn’t compromised, thankfully.
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