Sudbury police warn of new scam targeting out-of-work miners – by Marina von Stackelberg (CBC News Sudbury – March 31, 2016)

Red Maple Mining hoax has been popping up in a classified ad on the website Kijiji, police say

A new internet scam in Sudbury is preying on people in the mining industry who are looking for work. At first glance, the website for Red Maple Mining seems real.

It features photos, a company biography, and a list of job descriptions the company is supposedly hiring for in Sudbury. Positions include underground labourers, mining engineers, field technicians, and supervisors.

But Sudbury police said the website — and the company — are a scam. “At first glance it would seem somewhat legitimate,” said police officer Wade Maksymchuk, who heads up the force’s alternative response unit.

“If you dig a bit deeper, there’s really nothing attached to it other than they want your personal information.”

The website, which has since been taken down, has an online form asking applicants to include their driver’s licence number, social security number, credit card info and more in order to apply for one of the jobs. The website said the company needs to charge $9.95 to run a background check.

These are all things a real company would not ask for, Maksymchuk said. “Any legitimate business would not be doing their business this way. They would be sending out information, [human resources] would be contacting you. It wouldn’t just be a generic site, ‘We’re looking for people.'”

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