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Ontario man who allegedly visited home posing as Interpol officer charged with fraud

Police say a Toronto man has been arrested and charged with fraud after he allegedly posed as a Chinese Interpol officer to get money from someone in Mississauga. Peel Regional Police said the alleged scam began on July 15, 2022, when a 38-year-old man received a...

‘Crypto King’ arrest: Ontario police fear more victims in ‘massive’ fraud case

Durham Regional Police fear there are more victims involved in a “massive” fraud case allegedly linked to Ontario’s self-declared “Crypto King.” That so-called Crypto King, 25-year-old Aiden Pleterski from Whitby, is facing charges of fraud over $5,000 and laundering...

Ontario’s ‘Crypto King’ and his associate arrested, charged with fraud

Ontario's self-proclaimed Crypto King and one of his associates have been arrested and charged with fraud. Aiden Pleterski, 25, is facing charges of fraud over $5,000 and laundering the proceeds of crime, according to the Oshawa court house. He was...

BC Hydro warns customers against fraudulent calls

A BC Hydro telephone scam is taking British Columbians by surprise. The company sent out a press release on Thursday warning customers about the scam. Customers are receiving calls where the caller claims to represent BC Hydro and says the individual's power will be...

Former NFL star wanted by police in Canada for fraud; cut off GPS monitor

A former NFL defensive back is wanted by police in Canada after he allegedly failed to show up for a court date and his GPS monitor went offline, according to the Durham Regional Police Service. 34-year-old Darryl Frank Skrine is wanted by police on charges of...

County couple sued in alleged multi-million dollar digital fraud

A Prince Edward County couple and a third unnamed person are the focus of a civil lawsuit alleging they were the creators of a digital NTF offering launched in 2021 known as the “Boneheads.” An NFT stands for non-fungible tokens, digital markers describing products,...

‘SIM swap’ theft victim can’t sue phone company, B.C. court rules

A Surrey man says more than $60,000 worth of bitcoin was stolen from him in a sneaky "SIM swap" scam, but a recent B.C. Supreme Court ruling has reluctantly hung up on his lawsuit against the phone company he says is to blame. The case is one example of a troubling...

Former B.C. banker pleads guilty to defrauding clients, potentially in the ballpark of $1M

A former Summerland bank employee pleaded guilty to six counts of fraud in Penticton court Tuesday. Terry Lee Sedawie, born in 1960, was facing accusations of abusing client lines of credit to defraud them of, according to lawyers in 2023, roughly $1 million. As a...

TD Bank could face billions in fines following money-laundering probe

Canada’s TD Bank may be facing billions of dollars in fines as Canadian and American regulators crack down on money-laundering schemes that came to light over the past year.  National Bank analyst Gabriel Dechaine said total penalties for money-laundering...

90-year-olds among victims in Durham frauds targeting seniors, 2 face charges

A man and woman are facing 40 charges after Durham Regional Police allege they targeted seniors in a bank and credit card scam. Investigators say the suspects would call seniors impersonating bank and credit card companies, telling them their accounts were...

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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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