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Police Week message concerning online fraud

Killaloe OPP are using the occasion of Police Week to remind you that online frauds aren’t going away. Spelled with a “ph”, Phishing is a scam in which an email that appears to be from a recognizable institution or company such as a bank or online subscription service...

Man facing fraud charge after allegedly taking more than $800,000 from victims

A Windsor man is facing charges following an investigation into an alleged investment scheme that defrauded more than $800,000 from multiple victims. Police launched the investigation last September after a victim reported they had been swindled out of more than...

Former industry exec David Singh sentenced to three and half years in jail for defrauding investors

The Ontario Court of Justice has sentenced David Singh, former head of financial planning firm Fortune Financial Management Corp, to three and a half years in jail and ordered him to pay more than $4.8 million for defrauding investors. Ontario Court Justice Mara...

Prison inmates indicted in $2 million California bank fraud case

Thirteen members of a California prison-based bank fraud ring allegedly stole more than $2 million in unemployment benefits using the identities of inmates and visitors, according to a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday. An employee of...

‘Protect your wallet and your heart,’ warns woman after finding Ontario beau’s romance scam links

Woman hires private detective, uncovers outstanding charges against ex-boyfriend from Waterloo region. A man from Waterloo region in Ontario who was found guilty of scamming multiple women out of over a reported $150,000 some 15 years ago is once...

Scammers aiming to sucker Northerners with fake $750 COVID-19 benefit

Don't fall for text messages offering government relief, say finance officials. If you've received a text message offering you a $750 COVID-19 benefit, don't click the link — it's a scam. The N.W.T.'s department of finance issued a public warning Friday...

Luanne Taillefer Fraud Conviction Upheld by the Ontario Court of Appeal

On March 19, 2021, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in response to the appeal of Luanne Taillefer. On June 13, 2019, Justice John R. McCarthy of the Superior Court of Justice in Ontario convicted Ms. Taillefer of Fraud Over $5,000. Sentencing was...

RCMP uncovers complex fraud scheme leading to charges for Toronto family

Newmarket, Ontario – A Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) investigation has led to fraud charges related to over $1 Million in fraudulent funds obtained through the Canada Small Business Financing Program (CSBF). The purpose of the CSBF loan program is to...

Woman who posed as inspector to steal from Toronto long-term care home arrested: police

Police have confirmed the arrest of a 39-year-old woman alleged to have fraudulently entered a Toronto long-term care home to steal debit and credit cards.

Alberta man linked to multi-million dollar hay ‘scam’ in U.S. faces trial in province for similar allegations

Alberta farmer forced to use food banks after he allegedly didn’t receive payment for shipped grain. An Alberta man who officials say is connected to multi-million dollar hay fraud "scams" in the United States has had a trial set in Canada for similar...

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Canadian Anti Fraud Raising Awareness Of Extortion Scams

Canadian Anti Fraud Raising Awareness Of Extortion Scams

The OPP Anti-Rackets Branch (ARB) and Serious Fraud Office Ontario (SFO), in concert with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) have provided another awareness newsletter in this annual Fraud Prevention Month campaign. This campaign is held every March to...

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Canadian Anti Fraud Raising Awareness Of Extortion Scams

Canadian Anti Fraud Raising Awareness Of Extortion Scams

The OPP Anti-Rackets Branch (ARB) and Serious Fraud Office Ontario (SFO), in concert with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) have provided another awareness newsletter in this annual Fraud Prevention Month campaign. This campaign is held every March to...

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Canadian Anti Fraud Raising Awareness Of Extortion Scams

Canadian Anti Fraud Raising Awareness Of Extortion Scams

The OPP Anti-Rackets Branch (ARB) and Serious Fraud Office Ontario (SFO), in concert with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) have provided another awareness newsletter in this annual Fraud Prevention Month campaign. This campaign is held every March to...

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Investment Fraud

Woman who posed as inspector to steal from Toronto long-term care home arrested: police

Police have confirmed the arrest of a 39-year-old woman alleged to have fraudulently entered a Toronto long-term care home to steal debit and credit cards.

Toronto businessman accused of $12M pandemic Ponzi scheme found and charged with fraud

A Toronto businessman accused of orchestrating a $12-million pandemic-related Ponzi scheme was arrested and charged with fraud by Toronto police on Monday, just hours after investigators discovered his location, CBC News has learned.  Mark E. Cohen's whereabouts...

MoneySmart Manitoba releases real fraud calls to raise awareness about the prevalence of investment fraud

MoneySmart Manitoba has launched a campaign called "Time to Call Out Fraud" to raise awareness about the prevalence of investment fraud and explain why people don't speak up about the occurrence. The initiative coincides with Financial Literacy Month which takes place...

Canadian racing driver and influencer accused of ‘massive fraudulent’ scheme

Canadian race car driver Josh Cartu strikes a glamorous life style on social media: surrounded by expensive sports cars, hobnobbing with movie stars and fashion models, and travelling on his private jet to European party hotspots such as Ibiza and Cannes. Cartu grew...

Man Defrauded Five People in Loan Scheme in Nova Scotia.

A man named Wesley William Robinson and his Halifax-based company defrauded five people fraud ranging from $25,000 up to $550,000 in a fake loan scheme. Robinson obtained cash from the complainants, who thought their money was going to be used to secure large loans....

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Mortgage Fraud

Scammers used fake documents and real homes to scam renters

Scammers used fake documents and real homes to scam renters

'There was no fanfare, no huge red flags,' says Ryan Planche of Barrie, Ont. Individuals trying to rent a place in Hay River, N.W.T., say they're being targeted by scammers using fake documents and real house listings to convince them to e-transfer hundreds of dollars...

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Canada-wide warrant for Toronto man in a $10M mortgage fraud investigation

A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for a man wanted in an investigation into alleged mortgage frauds valued at more than $10 million, Toronto police say. Multiple mortgage frauds have been reported to police. Investigators said they believe a...

Private Mortgage Broker “Lucas” wanted by Toronto Police for Fraud

On December 23, 2021, the Toronto Police issued a press release seeking the public’s assistance to identify a man posing as a private mortgage broker: http://torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/51793?s=09 If you have any information on this person, and you wish to...

Scammers used fake documents and real homes to scam renters

'There was no fanfare, no huge red flags,' says Ryan Planche of Barrie, Ont. Individuals trying to rent a place in Hay River, N.W.T., say they're being targeted by scammers using fake documents and real house listings to convince them to e-transfer hundreds of dollars...

Fraud charges laid over a year ago against Sarnia police officer has been cleared

Criminal charges laid over a year ago against a veteran Sarnia police officer have been dismissed. Jason Priddle, a 42-year-old first-class constable, was arrested and charged in late August 2020 with: uttering a forged document, forgery attempted fraud...

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.

Consumer Fraud

Scammers used fake documents and real homes to scam renters

Scammers used fake documents and real homes to scam renters

'There was no fanfare, no huge red flags,' says Ryan Planche of Barrie, Ont. Individuals trying to rent a place in Hay River, N.W.T., say they're being targeted by scammers using fake documents and real house listings to convince them to e-transfer hundreds of dollars...

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Hamilton man says scammer used his home to promote ad for fake rental unit

In the middle of winter last year, Gary Brown said he and his family encountered a teary-eyed woman at the front door of their Hamilton Mountain home. The woman told Brown she had responded to an online ad that said his basement was available to...

Seniors in N.S., across Canada, targeted in growing number of ‘devastating’ scams

“It’s been devastating for a lot of people,” said Bill VanGorder with the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP). Since the start of the pandemic, VanGorder said scams that occur online or over the phone, are more common than ever. “It’s almost as if the...

Lottery scam costs elderly Nanaimo couple nearly $400,000: RCMP

An elderly Nanaimo couple lost nearly $400,000 after falling victim to a phony lottery scam. According to the Nanaimo RCMP, the scam started in early 2021 when the couple, both in their late ’80s, answered a phone call from someone claiming to be from Reader’s Digest...

Woman jailed for using multiple identities to defraud Caesars Windsor

A Toronto area woman who racked up bills totalling almost $4,500 during a visit to Caesars Windsor while armed with bank cards and identification stolen from multiple people was sentenced Monday to eight months in jail. Kelly McCarthy, 33, was originally charged with...

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...
Lottery scam costs elderly Nanaimo couple nearly $400,000: RCMP

Lottery scam costs elderly Nanaimo couple nearly $400,000: RCMP

An elderly Nanaimo couple lost nearly $400,000 after falling victim to a phony lottery scam. According to the Nanaimo RCMP, the scam started in early 2021 when the couple, both in their late ’80s, answered a phone call from someone claiming to be from Reader’s Digest...

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Toronto woman loses life savings in romance scam!

Toronto woman loses life savings in romance scam!

When a handsome stranger started chatting with Cindy Browne on TikTok, she was intrigued.  They quickly started talking on WhatsApp and bonded over their shared difficulty in love: He told her his wife had died of cancer. She told him her first husband had...

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Senior is lost $106,000 from CryptoRom scam

Senior is lost $106,000 from CryptoRom scam

An Ontario man is scammed out $106,000 of his retirement money. The victim said he will likely have to sell his home as a result. Sylvester, from Oshawa, who did not want to provide his surname, said he is devastated and left completely lost after realizing he had...

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