COVID-19 used to scam Manitoba farming conference out of $200K

Organizers of a Manitoba farming conference were scammed out of nearly $200,000 in a “sophisticated fraud” that used COVID-19 as a ruse, a judge has ruled.

INTERPOL warns of romance fraud after surge in dating app users

The International Criminal Police Organization, INTERPOL, warned its 194 member countries, including Canada, about threats of fraud as online dating apps surge during COVID-19.

Fake COVID notification apps and websites aim to steal money and personal data

Thousands of fake Canadian government websites, emails and apps that take advantage of the pandemic to try to mine personal data or steal money have been taken down in the last few months, according to the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security.

How to protect yourself against fraud while shopping or selling online this holiday season

November 26, 2020 – ‘Keep the Grinch out of the holidays,’ warns the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) in their recent bulletin on holiday scams. Fraudsters are taking advantage of people’s increased online activity during the pandemic and especially during events as...

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...

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