If you receive an email offering you extra money, or if they send you a cheque right away for more than what you requested, it is possibly a scam. They will send you a bogus cheque or money order for a larger amount than what you have agreed upon. Later they will request that you send them back the balance either through a travel agent or other third party, or to them directly through Western Union. They often become quite threatening if you do not return the extra money to them.
- DO NOT CASH THE CHEQUE – it will bounce and you will be out of pocket.
- DO NOT SEND THEM ANY MONEY.
A number of McGill students have already fallen victim to this scam.