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Here’s a look inside Donald Trump’s $355 million civil fraud verdict as an appeals fight looms

On the witness stand last year, Donald Trump proclaimed: “I have a lot of cash.” After Friday’s eye-popping penalty in his New York civil fraud trial, he’s going to need it — and maybe more. A judge ordered the former president to fork over $355 million of his...

Canadian governments lost more than $10 million to online scammers, Star analysis finds

Fraudsters have impersonated general contractors, hacked a police chief's email and posed as a charity as part of a wave of online scams that has swindled taxpayer dollars from city governments and First Nations across Canada. In the last five years, at least six...

Police make arrests in fraud investigation after couple invests $680,000

Two people face charges after provincial police say a Huntsville couple invested roughly $680,000 into what they thought was a legitimate institution. According to Huntsville OPP, the fraud investigation started in November 2023 after the couple invested in what was...

Calling his ruling ‘distasteful,’ judge gives Ontario woman who scammed doulas 2 years of house arrest

A Brantford woman who faked pregnancies, harassed and fraudulently sought the services of numerous doulas across Ontario was sentenced Wednesday to two years of house arrest and three years of probation. Kaitlyn Braun pleaded guilty in December to 21...

Canadians lose $50 million to romance scams in 2023: CAFC

While many looking for love online wind up in successful relationships, Canadians lost more than $50 million last year to scammers posing as potential suitors on dating platforms. "Who doesn't want love?" said Angela Dennis, President of the Better Business Bureau...

The W5 “Crypto Bros” Story on the bankrupty of “Crypto King” Aiden Pleterski Explained

On Saturday February 3, 2024, CTV’s W5 aired an episode entitled “The Crypto Bros”. The program informed Canadians about the Forex (foreign exchange) and cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme perpetrated by the self-proclaimed “Crypto King” Aiden Pleterski. The program also...

With Valentine’s Day ahead, police warn cold-hearted romance scammers are hard at work

While people may be polishing their dating app profiles ahead of Valentine's Day, Nova Scotia RCMP are warning them to be careful of falling victim to romance scams. In a Monday news release, RCMP warn that scammers are creating false...

Eastern Ontario woman charged with fraud after $100k goes missing: OPP

An eastern Ontario woman is facing charges after $100,000 had gone missing since 2021, Ontario Provincial Police says. Police in Prince Edward County say the woman was arrested and charged last Friday after a lengthy investigationin to missing money. Police did not...

OPP seek unknown female after two fraudulent transactions over $40,000

Essex County OPP are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a person of interest related to two separate fraud cases in 2022. Investigators received a report that between July 26 and July 27 that year, an unknown female attended institutions in both Belle...

Bradford residents lose thousands of dollars in grandparent scam

The South Simcoe Police Service is reminding the public to beware of the grandparent scam after two Bradford residents were defrauded of thousands of dollars. The scam in each incident followed the typical pattern. The victims, aged 60 and 89, received a phone call...

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Peel police looking for 20-year-old accused of fraud

Peel police looking for 20-year-old accused of fraud

Peel police are looking for a 20-year-old man wanted on a charge of defrauding the public. From June to August, multiple victims across the Greater Toronto Area, including Peel, have reportedly lost thousands of dollars to a contractor who promised driveway repairs,...

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If fraudsters don’t pay court ordered restitution in Ontario it’s up to victims to try to collect

Unclear how much of nearly half a billion in restitution ordered for Ontario fraud victims is actually paid. arin Smith and her then husband were just trying to pay off their mortgage a little faster. But after the investment opportunity they agreed to in...

‘Be aware of warning signs’: Tecumseh resident loses $70,000 in online investment scheme

Essex County OPP are warning the public to be vigilant after a Tecumseh resident was defrauded of over $70,000 by investing in Crypto currency with an online Crypto currency brokerage. At this time, police say the victim is not able to retrieve their money from the...

Luxury cars seized from 23-year-old ‘Crypto King’ as investors try to recoup millions

Aiden Pleterski and his company allegedly owe $35M to more than 140 investors. Two McLarens, two BMWs and a Lamborghini make up just a few of the $2 million worth of assets seized from a 23-year-old from Whitby, Ont., as his investors try to recoup millions of dollars...

Information Wanted on Aiden Pleterski of Ajax, Ontario – Ponzi Scheme Foreign Exchange Investment Scheme

The Toronto based law firm Investigation Counsel PC, Fraud Recovery Lawyers, is asking anyone who transferred funds to Aiden Pleterski of Whitby, Ontario, to contact them confidentially. Inquiries can be made to D. Slenys at dslenys@investigationcounsel.com. On June...

LSO tribunal considers Indigenous background in sentencing lawyer for misappropriation of funds

First misappropriation case where unique circumstances led to lesser penalty than license revocation. The Law Society of Ontario has obtained an eight-month suspension order against an Indigenous lawyer who admitted to misappropriating over $100,000 from her firm’s...

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Real-estate title fraud was one of 2023’s most-read stories

In the spirit of looking back on 2023, CBC Toronto is revisiting some stories that captured our audience's attention the most. One of those, undoubtedly, was an inside look at real-estate title fraud — a bizarre practice where scammers steal a person's identity...

The anatomy of a stolen home — and how 3 suspects got caught

CBC News has learned exclusive details behind an alleged title fraud in January that led to 3 arrests. It began as a typical phone call for Niroosan (Niro) Vivekanantharajah — someone who found him on Google, asking for his help in closing a home...

Multi-layered door-to-door sales scam could cost you your home

"A person visits you and says you have won a class-action lawsuit regarding the installation of your equipment and the money can only be used toward renovations to your home" Ontario's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is shining a light on a multi-layered door-to-door sales...

Ontario regulator warns real estate agents to watch for signs of fraudulent home sales

The body that regulates Ontario's 100,000 real estate agents and brokers is urging them to be more vigilant when verifying the identity of a client, amid a wave of fraudulent home sales and mortgages in the Toronto area. The Real Estate Council of...

Title fraud on the rise, property owners need to protect themselves

It’s difficult to imagine someone could sell a home without the owner knowing – or that a purchase could be made under fraudulent terms without the buyer realizing – but situations like this are happening right now in Canada. The number of people whose homes are being...
Real-estate title fraud was one of 2023’s most-read stories

Real-estate title fraud was one of 2023’s most-read stories

In the spirit of looking back on 2023, CBC Toronto is revisiting some stories that captured our audience's attention the most. One of those, undoubtedly, was an inside look at real-estate title fraud — a bizarre practice where scammers steal a person's identity...

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Waterloo police issue warning about new used car scam hitting area residents

Waterloo Regional Police have issued a warning about a new used car scam that has recently strike to dupe area residents. Police say the scammers are advertising vehicles as being for sale online. They say a meeting is then arranged between the buyer and seller where...

Rogers scam alert: Texts offering credit after outage are fake

Following a Canada-wide outage of Rogers and a subsequent notice that customers would receive a credit in recompense, scammers took to SMS to try and make a profit out of the misery. On Saturday, July 9, Rogers acknowledged that it knew about the problem. “We are...

Owner of mechanic shop in Lethbridge faces 62 charges after fraud investigation

Police in southern Alberta say an owner of a mechanic shop faces 62 charges after an investigation into alleged fraud. Investigators say they have identified more than two dozen victims and believe there could be more. Police say an investigation started last year...

Toronto police bust brazen moving scam, recover property belonging to 22 families

The Toronto Police Service has announced three suspects are facing several charges in connection with an alleged moving scam that saw items belonging to 22 families being recovered in an east-end warehouse. Const. Chris Long, an officer at 41 Division who has been...

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...
Real-estate title fraud was one of 2023’s most-read stories

Real-estate title fraud was one of 2023’s most-read stories

In the spirit of looking back on 2023, CBC Toronto is revisiting some stories that captured our audience's attention the most. One of those, undoubtedly, was an inside look at real-estate title fraud — a bizarre practice where scammers steal a person's identity...

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