International student scammed by fake employer in BC


An international student has lost more than $6K after falling victim to an employment scam. According to Castanet, a scammer posed as a Richmond-based company called the Fairchild Group and offered the student a remote job as a data entry operator. The student was then asked to purchase work equipment at a total cost of $6,481–paid for via e-transfer–for which the student would supposedly be reimbursed. The scam became apparent when the reimbursement cheques bounced. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) followed up saying that this student was not the only victim to the fake-Fairchild-job scam. BBC subsequently urged students to be wary of job offers that do not require an interview and of businesses that ask for upfront payments.