CIHR research scam alert



    OTTAWA, Sept. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Institutes of Health
Research (CIHR) has been informed of fraudulent advertisements being posted on
online classifieds web sites such as Craigslist.com and Kijiji.com, as well as
on posters in the Vancouver area. In these advertisements, the author claiming
to be a CIHR employee named "Chelsea" invites people to participate in a
research study. She promises a generous payment after the completion of the
study, but requires a "refundable" fee of $50 at the time of registration.
    Please be advised that this is a SCAM, and not a legitimate research
study.
    The advertisements are not from CIHR. The message's author is neither a
CIHR employee, nor a CIHR-funded researcher. Do NOT respond.
    We have already notified appropriate law enforcement authorities about
this situation. If you see or receive the advertisement, we encourage you to
contact your local RCMP Detachment or the police service of jurisdiction in
your area to inform them this type of scam may be occurring in their region.
    You may also contact the RCMP's Phone Busters (The Canadian Anti-Fraud
Call Centre) toll-free at 1-888-495-8501 to obtain more information about
consumer fraud.

    Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)




For further information:

For further information: CIHR Media Relations, (613) 941-4563, Mobile:
(613) 808-7526, mediarelations@cihr-irsc.gc.ca


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