Online scam uses fake endorsements from Canadian media personalities to sell products

Dec. 14, 2018 (Courtesy of ctvnews.ca) - Lisa LaFlamme is not quitting her job to sell skincare products. Neither is Marilyn Denis or Melissa Grelo. But bogus online ads using fake endorsements from several Canadian media personalities have left many shoppers...

OCS warns customers of data accessed in Canada Post breach

Nov. 7, 2018 ( Courtesy of citynews.ca) - The Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) said the shipping information of some of its customers was accessed by an outside source through the Canada Post delivery tracking tool. In a letter sent to the customers on Wednesday, the OCS...

CRA Scams: An Organized Operation In Mumbai Is To Blame For One Of The Biggest Scams In Canada’s History

Sept. 24, 2018 (Courtesy of Narcity.com) - Our cell phones go off daily with calls from telemarketers and scammers. How many times have you "won a free cruise" or been asked to buy products over the phone? Too many to count, right? We're sick of it. Thanks to an...

‘Nowhere to live and nowhere to go’: MUN student from Ontario hit by rental scam

Sept. 10 ,2018 (Courtesy of CBC.ca ) - Imagine moving to Newfoundland from another province to study at Memorial University, only to discover upon your arrival that the people at your new rental property have no idea who you are, or what you're talking about. That's...

Treadz Auto owner pleads guilty to $2M vehicle consignment fraud

Sept 7, 2018 ( Courtesy of CBC.ca ) - A Calgary man who bilked dozens of Calgary car owners out of more than $2 million has pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud over $5,000. Sean O'Brien was facing 164 fraud and theft charges in connection to his vehicle consignment...

Father, son, daughter sentenced in $12.5M lotto fraud case

Sept. 5, 2018 (Courtesy of CTVnews.ca ) - Three family members who won nearly $12.5 million on a free lottery ticket they had duped a customer at their variety store out of were sentenced Tuesday. Jun-Chul Chung was sentenced to seven years in prison. His daughter,...

Savvy Calgary senior outsmarts scammers in sophisticated phone scheme

Sept 4, 2018 (Courtesy of CBC.ca ) - A Calgary grandmother outsmarted would-be phone scammers and is now warning others to be cautious of the sophisticated scheme. Anne Buckley was at home on Saturday when she got an unexpected call to her landline. "It was a very...

Reports of CRA extortion scam on the rise

Aug. 30, 2018 (Courtesy of  Citynews.ca) - Stores including pharmacy chain Rexall have started posting warnings about scams involving gift cards as reports about the fraud continue to mount. Fraudsters pretending to be the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) have been calling...

A 90-year-old ‘grandma scam’ victim took out $10,000 from TD Bank to pay a fraudster — in cash

Aug. 29, 2018 (Courtesy of thestar.ca) - At 90 years old, Elizabeth Mary Mahoney is active and resourceful. Knee replacements haven’t slowed her down. She lives alone in her rented Toronto condo near High Park, takes long walks, rides the TTC and attends an...

Albertans Losing Record Amounts to Scam Artists

Aug. 28, 2018 ( Courtesy of discoverairdrie.com) - Albertans are being scammed out of record amounts of money by what a member of the Better Business Bureau calls "knowledgeable and sophisticated" scammers. Jennifer-Kay Thomas, External Communications Specialist with...

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