City of Prince George lost $700K in sophisticated computer-based fraud

Prince George (November 13, 2020) – The City of Prince George has become the victim of a sophisticated computer-based fraud. The city lost $700,000 in two transactions while trying to pay a contractor. The RCMP announced that they could recover most of one payment but...

BEC scammer tried to dupe government of Northwest Territories with invoice fraud

Yellowknife (October 27, 2020) – A BEC (Business Email Compromise) scammer attempted to dupe the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) using invoice fraud. The RCMP explained that a business partner of the GNWT was the subject of a phishing attack. The...

Brampton woman arrested for airline ticket fraud on Kijiji

Brampton (October 19, 2020) – The Peel police arrested the Brampton woman, Amarjeet Kaur Saini, for an airline ticket scam on October 15. She is accused of impersonating an Air Canada employee on Kijiji and offering fake airline tickets for sale on the online platform...

Charges laid against two Montreal brothers related to high-profile cyberattacks

Montreal (September 10, 2020) – The RCMP charged two Montreal men, Jacob Costanzo-Peterson and Félix Costanzo-Peterson, for conducting high-profile cyberattacks against Canadian Tire Corporation, BMO, and Simplii Financial in 2017 and 2018. In August 2018, the two...

Cambridge woman arrested for alleged online puppy scam

Cambridge (September 9, 2020) – The Waterloo police arrested a Cambridge woman and charged her with several fraud-related offenses in connection with an alleged online puppy scam. She is accused of defrauding ten victims, who were responding to fake online...

Credential stuffing attacks paralyze government online services

August 21, 2020 – The public online services of the government of Canada were recently under a series of cyberattacks. So-called credential stuffing attacks mounted on the GCKey service and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) accounts to fraudulently obtain government...

713 reports of identity fraud involving CERB

August 14, 2020 – Since spring, scammers have been using Canadian’s personal data to defraud the emergency programs such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) set up by the government to quickly provide money to people who lost their jobs during the COVID-19...

Cryptocurrency exchange flagged as offshore investment scam

Winnipeg (July 24, 2020) – The Manitoba Securities Commission (MSC) issued an investor alert against the cryptocurrency exchange CrypTrade24. The bitcoin firm, which offers investment plans in cryptocurrency trading, claims to have its headquarter in Churchill,...

Russian hacker group attacked organizations involved in COVID-19 vaccine development

Ottawa (July 17, 2020) – The Canadian Communication Security Establishment (CSE) and its international counterparts said that the Russian hacker group, APT29, aka ‘Cozy Bear’ or ‘the Dukes’, targeted health organizations and vaccine research entities in Canada, the...

Halifax RCMP warn against ransomware scams

Halifax (June 17, 2020) – The Halifax District RCMP issued a warning against ransomware scams targeting businesses. A local company reported that its network had been hacked with ransomware. The hackers demanded $270,000. Any business or individual could be a target...

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