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Security chiefs report cyberattacks on business up since remote work enabled

A new report estimates nearly two-thirds of businesses globally, including 63 per cent in Canada, have seen an increase in targeted cyberattacks since they switched to widespread remote work.

Halifax police warn citizens of recent twist on a common scam

Halifax Regional Police is advising the public of a recent twist on a common scam where fraudsters are targeting university students who are selling their books online.

Newmarket man charged in internet fraud investigation

On Dec. 24, members from the Nipissing West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police and the Nipissing West OPP Crime Unit began an internet fraud investigation.

Man charged with fraud for impersonating elected official

A Mississauga, Ont., man is facing three fraud-related charges for allegedly impersonating an elected official last spring, with the intent to commit fraud.

Quebec man jailed in Dubai on fraud charges since 2015 finally returns to Canada

After languishing in and out of Dubai prison cells for six years, André Gauthier received a call from Canadian consular officials that he’d been waiting for since 2015. He was going home.

Fraudsters preying on Canadians’ loneliness and vulnerability amid pandemic, private investigators warn

Private investigators are reporting a rise in fraud as scammers are apparently taking advantage of desperate and vulnerable Canadians during the pandemic.

OPP charge cottage country contractor with defrauding more homeowners

A contractor in Ontario’s cottage country already accused of bilking cottagers through alleged renovation scams has been arrested again, provincial police say.

‘Don’t worry about it’: Dubious online pharmacies push unlicensed COVID-19 treatments

The message was sent by a drug supplier, who claims to be based in India, trying to sell hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin: two drugs that conspiracy theorists say cure COVID-19 and that scientists say are useless at treating the disease.

Quebecer detained in Dubai on fraud charges finally returns to Canada

After being detained off and on in Dubai since December 2015, Quebec geologist André Gauthier has finally returned to Canada.

Preliminary inquiry for disbarred lawyer accused of fraud pushed to 2022

The preliminary inquiry for a disbarred lawyer and former senior provincial government civil servant accused of fraud has been delayed 10 months.

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Investment Fraud

KPMG disputes leaked emails linking firm to offshore companies suspected in massive Ponzi scheme

KPMG is disputing confidential emails from a leak of offshore financial data that show the Canadian accounting firm helped set up four shell companies in the Isle of Man that experts believe were later involved with a massive investor fraud that ran for years out of Montreal.

Burlington man, 47, arrested in connection with $1.6-million fraud

The Halton Regional Police Service Fraud Unit said the man was an investment industry professional who worked for a financial company that was registered with the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada.

ASC alleges Calgary resident Tinashe Nyadongo and Future Growth Investments breached Alberta securities laws

It is alleged that Nyadongo, while employed by Olympia Trust Company, sold shares in Future Growth Investments to investors who wanted to unlock their locked-in retirement accounts (commonly referred to as LIRAs) or invest in certain opportunities.

Quebec man Emmanuel Gweh Gbala pleads guilty in “black money fraud” scheme

On Nov. 5, 2020, Emmanuel Gweh Gbala was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment in a Montreal Court for attempting to defraud a family of $275,000. The case serves as a warning to Canadians and encourages them to protect themselves from similar scams.

Sanjay Madan and family denied funds frozen in massive fraud case alleged by the Ontario government

In the ongoing litigation in Ontario’s civil court system, the provincial government rejected a motion by the Madan family for access to assets frozen by what is known in the legal system as a Mareva injunction.

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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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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...

‘Victims of Syndicated Mortgage Investments’ fight back against regulator and the Law Society of Ontario

Toronto (September 16, 2019) – The collective ‘Victims of Syndicated Mortgage Investments’ (VOSMI) demand further investigations in the conduct of their lost syndicated mortgage investments. After, they were poorly informed about the potential risks that come with...
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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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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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...

ASC: Convicted Ponzi scammer permanently banned from capital market

Calgary (November 25, 2020) – The Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) permanently prohibited Edmonton man, Timothy Ray Carruthers, from participating in Alberta’s capital market on November 17, after he was convicted for a Ponzi scheme at the Court of Queen’s Bench of...

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