College warns against financial scam targeting therapists

Massage Therapy Canada staff
January 20, 2015
By Massage Therapy Canada staff
The College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC) has issued an advisory statement cautioning massage therapists against a “payment-and-refund” scam making the rounds in the province and across Canada.
Massage therapy clinics and practitioners may be targeted by an individual who is looking to book several massage treatments for themselves and/or others via email. The person booking the treatments usually resides in another country and will offer to pay for the treatments in advance. For one reason or another, payment will exceed the actual amount owing for the treatments.

The “fraud” occurs when the person asks the clinic/therapist to send the excess funds back to them (or someone else), before the clinic/therapist realizes that the initial amount paid for the treatment sessions has been cancelled, declined or returned for insufficient funds.

Although the details of each scam may vary, the basic pattern will remain consistent, the CMTBC said.

CMTBC reminds all clinics and therapists to be alert to this type of scam, and calling on those who have been victimized by this scam to contact their local police department to report the crime.

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