COVID-19 scams exploiting government funding programs such as CERB

May 22, 2020 – Many Canadians are experiencing financial hardship as a consequence of the current pandemic. The Canadian government launched the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to help out Canadians throughout the Coronavirus crisis with a multi-billion...

Better Business Bureau warns against scams targeting small businesses

May 11, 2020 – The Better Business Bureau warns against scams that target small businesses in a press release. Scams can impact every business, regardless of location, size, or industry. Nevertheless, small businesses are often more vulnerable to fall victim of fraud...

Man wanted for rental fraud in Toronto

Toronto (May 6, 2020) – Toronto police are looking for the 37-year-old man, Sungjin Kim, for multiple counts of fraud in connection with a rental fraud investigation. He allegedly defrauded 20 people while collecting first and last month’s rent for a room in Toronto,...

Police disrupted international multi-level BEC scam

Edmonton (May 5, 2020) – The Edmonton police disrupted an international multi-level Business Email Compromise (BEC) scam targeting personal protective equipment (PPE) and industrial equipment companies. As a result of the fraud investigation, the police helped recover...

1,500 unauthorized COVID-19 test kits seized from Richmond online seller

Richmond (May 1, 2020) – In a joint effort, BC RCMP and Health Canada seized 1,500 unauthorized COVID-19 test kits from a Richmon resident. The accused allegedly sold the kits online to unsuspecting British Columbians. The investigation resulted from a tip provided by...

Investment scams in the COVID-19 era

April 28, 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic created an environment in which fraud thrives. People are self-isolating at home, economic and market volatility around the world, widespread job losses, and other stressors. These factors leave people with uncertainty,...

3M filed lawsuit against Ontarian company for price gouging

Windsor (April 23, 2020) – The U.S. medical-gear maker, 3M, filed a lawsuit over deceptive N95 face mask sales and price gouging against the Canadian company, Caonic Systems Inc., in an Ontario Superior Court on April 21. 3M alleges in its lawsuit that the Ontarian...

Don’t get screwed by email extortion scams

Guelph (April 15, 2020) – Email extortion scams are circulating again. The Guelph police reported that they received several complaints about online fraud attempts. The police warn against these extortion attacks and recommend not to respond in any way to the...

French bulldog puppy scam exploits COVID-19 crisis

Kitchener-Waterloo (April 14, 2020) – Waterloo police are investigating several puppy frauds. On April 11, the police received a report about the latest online French bulldog puppy scam. The victim lost $500 after answering to an alleged fraudulent online ad on a buy...

Europol: Singaporean authorities arrest Corona BEC fraudster

Singapore (April 8, 2020) – Europol initiated the arrest of a suspect in a Business Email Compromise (BEC) scam related to COVID-19. Singaporean authorities arrested a 39-year-old man on March 25 for being involved in spoofing the identity of a legitimate company and...

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