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B.C. man accused of stealing $200K in 2019 CRA phone scam has fled Canada, court documents say

July 22, 2021 - A former resident of B.C.'s Lower Mainland allegedly fled Canada after posting a $10,000 release bond following his arrest by immigration officials investigating a scam that saw victims send more than $1 million to fraudsters posing as Canada Revenue...

Équité Association announces new CEO

Terri O’Brien has been selected as the CEO for the Canadian insurance industry’s first corporation dedicated to eliminating insurance crime: Équité Association.

Canada joins allies in linking China to Microsoft email hack

The Canadian government joined a long list of allied countries Monday in accusing Chinese state-backed hackers of an “unprecedented and indiscriminate” infiltration of Microsoft email servers. The Chinese government has repeatedly agitated for Canada to release detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, who is facing extradition to the U.S. where she is wanted on fraud charges.

Family of companies in Cape Breton tax fraud case billed each other for services

A Supreme Court trial for four accused charged in connection with a $3.6 million tax fraud case continued Monday to delve into the business transactions of 10 companies operated by the accused.

Brampton transportation services company owner sentenced for tax fraud

On July 19, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced Dasonda Singh Khakh was sentenced in the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton to a conditional sentence of two years less one day and to a fine of $108,562.

Yukon residents receive text scam offering cash to vaccine recipients

On July 12, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre notified the public that they had received reports of phishing text messages which are part of a scam tied to the COVID-19 vaccine.

BBB warns of increasing wedding scams

As Canada begins the transition back to normal post-pandemic and many resume wedding planning, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning people of wedding scams and provides valuable information on vendors, including caterers, florists, musicians and photographers.

More than 16 people arrested in Peel Region mail theft ring

More than a dozen people have been charged following an investigation into a mail theft ring in Peel Region and police say that further arrests are expected.

Scammers targeting Barrie tornado victims, utility company warns

The company said it was notified by customers of people going door-to-door in Barrie, Ont., posing as company employees.

Fraud charges approved against former Burnaby man who fled Canada

Haoran Xue has been charged with nine counts of fraud-related offences, according to a news release issued by the British Columbia RCMP Federal Financial Integrity team on Thursday.

BBB warns of increasing wedding scams

BBB warns of increasing wedding scams

As Canada begins the transition back to normal post-pandemic and many resume wedding planning, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning people of wedding scams and provides valuable information on vendors, including caterers, florists, musicians and photographers.

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Investment Fraud

Former investment advisor Joan McCarthy facing 24 criminal charges

A former Newfoundland investment advisor is facing two dozen criminal charges, related to allegations of fraud and forgery.

Businessman charged with fraud in Newfoundland

A businessman who has had his assets frozen by courts in Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia in relation to civil allegations of misconduct is now facing a criminal fraud charge.

RCMP Crime Analysts identify recent trend where businesses are targeted in credit card fraud

Saskatchewan and Alberta RCMP Crime Analysts have identified a recent trend that all business owners should be aware of: a number of businesses across Western Canada have been victims of similar high-dollar frauds in the last six months. What's been happening? Someone...

Compensation available to certain victims of decade-old fraud scheme

Almost 11 years ago a pair of respondents to an Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) enforcement proceeding reached settlements with the regulator that included disgorgement. Now, investors who lost money are being invited to file claims to recover their losses. The...

Calgary-based financial advisor charged in multimillion-dollar fraud

A Calgary-based financial advisor has been charged amid allegations that he carried out a multimillion-dollar fraud and collected secret commissions, RCMP say. The Alberta RCMP Integrated Market Enforcement Team (IMET) said Monday that Jeffrey Ber, 38, has been...

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Online  Fraud

Return scams jump as fraudsters exploit e-commerce boom

Return scams jump as fraudsters exploit e-commerce boom

Retailers say they are seeing a sharp increase in a type of return fraud in which consumers claim they never received their online orders even though they did. The practice, known as “item not received” fraud, took off during the pandemic, when warehouses were backed up and carriers were overwhelmed by a surge in e-commerce orders.

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BBB warns of Amazon raffle scam

BBB warns of Amazon raffle scam

In 2020, BBB received 771 reports of scams impersonating Amazon. The bogus raffle and suspicious link are part of a con used to trick people into visiting a phishing website, where they unwittingly share account credentials as well as personal and financial information with fraudsters.

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Return scams jump as fraudsters exploit e-commerce boom

Return scams jump as fraudsters exploit e-commerce boom

Retailers say they are seeing a sharp increase in a type of return fraud in which consumers claim they never received their online orders even though they did. The practice, known as “item not received” fraud, took off during the pandemic, when warehouses were backed up and carriers were overwhelmed by a surge in e-commerce orders.

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BBB warns of Amazon raffle scam

BBB warns of Amazon raffle scam

In 2020, BBB received 771 reports of scams impersonating Amazon. The bogus raffle and suspicious link are part of a con used to trick people into visiting a phishing website, where they unwittingly share account credentials as well as personal and financial information with fraudsters.

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Mortgage Fraud

Two men arrested in unconnected mortgage fraud cases

Two men arrested in unconnected mortgage fraud cases

Guelph (July 24, 2020) – The police arrested two men in two unconnected mortgage fraud cases. On July 20, Guelph police laid 31 charges against the former mortgage broker, Charn Ghuman, following an eight-years fraud investigation. The Guelph man allegedly collected...

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Mortgage fraud could rise with tighter lending rules, warns broker

Cases of mortgage fraud are likely to rise as new rules tighten borrowing requirements in Canada, says a mortgage broker.

Multiple companies and their owners charged with conspiracy to commit fraud and rig bids for condo refurbishment contracts in the GTA

The Competition Bureau announced that it has laid multiple criminal charges against four companies and three individuals in connection with an alleged conspiracy to commit fraud and rig bids for condominium refurbishment services in the Greater Toronto Area.

Two men arrested in unconnected mortgage fraud cases

Guelph (July 24, 2020) – The police arrested two men in two unconnected mortgage fraud cases. On July 20, Guelph police laid 31 charges against the former mortgage broker, Charn Ghuman, following an eight-years fraud investigation. The Guelph man allegedly collected...

Casting a light on elder financial abuse on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15, 2020 – Elder abuse is a serious and growing problem. June 15 is the ‘World Elder Abuse Awareness Day’, which provides an opportunity for communities to promote a better understanding of the abuse and threats that older persons are facing by raising awareness...

Mortgage broker charged in connection with financial elder abuse

Winnipeg (January 24, 2020) – The Manitoba Securities Commission (MSC) laid numerous charges against Manitoba mortgage broker, Bret Allan Dobbin, in connection with financial elder abuse. He is facing 18 counts in violation of The Securities Act and 36 counts in...

Consumer Fraud

Two men arrested in unconnected mortgage fraud cases

Two men arrested in unconnected mortgage fraud cases

Guelph (July 24, 2020) – The police arrested two men in two unconnected mortgage fraud cases. On July 20, Guelph police laid 31 charges against the former mortgage broker, Charn Ghuman, following an eight-years fraud investigation. The Guelph man allegedly collected...

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Ontario Energy Board warns of email rebate scams

If you get an email that looks like it’s from the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) about rebate programs, be extra careful. The board is warning of email scams making the rounds and the emails often look like they’re from them, but they’re not. They typically inlcude a link...

Multiple incidents of taxi fraud scams reported in Toronto

Toronto police warn the public of ongoing taxi fraud scams in the city and advising that all riders be extra vigilant when riding in a cab. According to a public safety alert from police, multiple taxi fraud scams have been reported in Toronto recently, and the incidents closely resemble the scams that saw six people arrested for stealing millions from unsuspecting customers around the GTA in January of 2019.

Utility providers warn against recent scams

Toronto (December 7, 2020) – The busy holiday season is prime time for scammers looking to take advantage of unsuspecting victims – especially leading into weekends. In response to increased fraudulent activity across the province, Ontario’s four largest electricity...

London police arrested wanted woman for allegedly stealing from seniors in PSW fraud

London (December 2, 2020) – The London police arrested a wanted woman, Amanda Lee Rose Albert, posing as a Personal Support Worker (PSW) two weeks after issuing an arrest warrant against her for multiple fraud and theft charges. Albert is accused of stealing from...

How to protect yourself against fraud while shopping or selling online this holiday season

November 26, 2020 – ‘Keep the Grinch out of the holidays,’ warns the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) in their recent bulletin on holiday scams. Fraudsters are taking advantage of people’s increased online activity during the pandemic and especially during events as...
Ontario Energy Board warns of email rebate scams

Ontario Energy Board warns of email rebate scams

If you get an email that looks like it’s from the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) about rebate programs, be extra careful. The board is warning of email scams making the rounds and the emails often look like they’re from them, but they’re not. They typically inlcude a link...

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Utility providers warn against recent scams

Utility providers warn against recent scams

Toronto (December 7, 2020) – The busy holiday season is prime time for scammers looking to take advantage of unsuspecting victims – especially leading into weekends. In response to increased fraudulent activity across the province, Ontario’s four largest electricity...

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