Teen accused of stealing millions in cryptocurrency using SIM swap scams

Toronto (January 21, 2020) – 19-year-old Samy Bensaci from Montreal was arrested in Victoria, B.C. in November 2019 for allegedly being involved in a group of cybercriminals who stole millions in cryptocurrency using SIM swap scams. Investigators believe that they...

Snowbirds, be aware of vacation scams while planning your getaways

January 13, 2020 – As the bitter cold sets in, the Canadian snowbird packs its bag, buys flights, and relocates to another place probably close to a beach. However, be aware of vacation scams. Fraudsters take advantage of the high search volumes for accommodations and...

New year, old scams – Stay cautious about phishing scams

January 6, 2020 – The new year starts with phishing scam alerts. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns against a rewards phishing scam and members of the London veterans group First Hussars Association were targeted by a spear phishing scam. The BBB advises being...

Quebec celebrities’ phone hacker arrested

Longueuil (December 13, 2019) – Longueuil police arrested Pascal Desgagnés on December 11 for allegedly hacking into several celebrities’ cellphones. The Quebec City man is accused of targeting sports stars and celebrities from the US and Canada at random. Police...

‘Tis the season – Don’t fall for ‘Secret Sister’ gift exchange invitations

November 26, 2019 – The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warned not to fall for ‘Secret Sister’ invitations. The campaign is supposed to be an online ‘Secret Santa’ among strangers but relies on a pyramid scheme and is therefore considered illegal in Canada. Every holiday...

Convicted fraudster allegedly ran international online scam from Nigerian maximum security prison

Lagos, Nigeria (November 22, 2019) – Convicted online fraudster, Hope Olusegun Aroke, allegedly ran an international online scam from a Nigerian maximum security prison while serving his current jail term, according to Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes...

Fraudulent wire transfer request costs Waterloo Brewing $2.1 million

Kitchener (November 22, 2019) – Waterloo Brewing recognized this week that it became a victim of a ‘social-engineering Cyberattack’ earlier this month. A scammer tricked the company in wiring $2.1 million to a fraudulent account. According to the brewery, there is no...

Be aware of government grant scam involving fake Facebook doppelgänger

Saskatoon (November 6, 2019) – Saskatoon police issued a warning to make the public aware of a circulating government grant scam involving fake Facebook doppelgängers. People reported having received messages from apparent Facebook friends. However, scammers had...

Fraud and money laundering ring organizer from Mississauga sentenced by Florida court

Tampa, Florida (November 5, 2019) – Fraud and money laundering ring organizer, Ikechukwu Derek Amadi from Mississauga, sentenced by Florida court to 15 years in U.S. prison for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. The dual citizen of Nigeria and Canada recruited...

Sudbury Real Estate Board warns against rental scam connected to Prop2Go.com

Sudbury (October 29, 2019) – The Sudbury Real Estate Board issued a warning against an alleged rental scam connected to the website Prop2Go.com. The association suspects that rental listings on the website are copied from the brokerage’s real estate ‘for sale’...

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