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OPP warning of scams around holiday season

Over the last few weeks, police have investigated several gift card scams, offers involving bank loans and credit line scams and emergency gift card scams. The Killaloe Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind community members to be...

Major Canadian Crypto Exchange Coinsquare Says Client Data Breached

The exchange claimed the breached personal data wasn't likely seen "by the bad actor” and customers' assets are “secure in cold storage and are not at risk.” Coinsquare, one of Canada’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, may have been breached, but the company claims...

FTX tells court it has evidence Sam Bankman-Fried transferred assets to Bahamas government custody after bankruptcy

FTX in a bombshell emergency court filing Thursday said it has credible evidence that Bahamian regulators directed former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried to gain "unauthorized access" to FTX systems to obtain digital assets belonging to the company after it had filed for...

Met Police chief: If you get a text from us in next 24 hours – you’ve been a victim of fraud

Sir Mark Rowley, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, has told the public if you get a text from the force in the next 24 hours - you have been the victim of fraud. Scotland Yard's most senior officer acknowledged that the warnings are fraught with problems, because...

Peel police arrest man in alleged ‘romance scam,’ believe there are more victims

A Brampton man has been arrested after allegedly receiving over $10,000 in a “romance scam,” and police believe there may be more victims. In a news release on Thursday, Peel Regional Police said an older adult victim sent money to the suspect to allegedly pay off...

BlockFi prepares for potential bankruptcy as crypto contagion spreads, report claims

Crypto lender BlockFi is making preparations for potential bankruptcy as the crypto contagion spreads to firms heavily exposed to the collapsed FTX exchange, a report has claimed. Last Thursday night Blockfi halted withdrawals of customer deposits,...

Russian-Canadian man arrested, awaiting U.S. extradition for alleged global ransomware crimes

A Russian-Canadian man from Ontario is in police custody and awaiting extradition to the United States for his alleged participation in a global ransomware campaign, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday. Mikhail Vasiliev, a 33-year-old dual Russian and...

At least 20 Billionaires got burnt by Sam Bankman-Fried and FTX cofounder Gary Wang

The FTX wonderkind and his cofounder are no longer billionaires. And the sudden collapse of their cryptocurrency exchange has hit the fortunes of at least 20 of the world’s richest people. When Bahamas-based FTX and its American affiliate FTX U.S. suddenly collapsed...

LSO releases results of investigation into cheating on lawyer licensing examinations

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has released the results of its investigation into cheating on the November 2021 lawyer licensing examinations. “The Law Society has taken the appropriate action in the circumstances, given the gravity of the conduct and the evidence...

What happened to FTX? What Canadians should know about the latest crypto collapse

The cryptocurrency industry — and the institutions and investors with billions wrapped up in it — are still coming to terms with the fallout from the collapse of FTX, once one of the largest crypto exchanges in the world. In just the past week, the company has had a...

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Luxury cars seized from 23-year-old ‘Crypto King’ as investors try to recoup millions

Aiden Pleterski and his company allegedly owe $35M to more than 140 investors. Two McLarens, two BMWs and a Lamborghini make up just a few of the $2 million worth of assets seized from a 23-year-old from Whitby, Ont., as his investors try to recoup millions of dollars...

Information Wanted on Aiden Pleterski of Ajax, Ontario – Ponzi Scheme Foreign Exchange Investment Scheme

The Toronto based law firm Investigation Counsel PC, Fraud Recovery Lawyers, is asking anyone who transferred funds to Aiden Pleterski of Whitby, Ontario, to contact them confidentially. Inquiries can be made to D. Slenys at dslenys@investigationcounsel.com. On June...

LSO tribunal considers Indigenous background in sentencing lawyer for misappropriation of funds

First misappropriation case where unique circumstances led to lesser penalty than license revocation. The Law Society of Ontario has obtained an eight-month suspension order against an Indigenous lawyer who admitted to misappropriating over $100,000 from her firm’s...

Woman who posed as inspector to steal from Toronto long-term care home arrested: police

Police have confirmed the arrest of a 39-year-old woman alleged to have fraudulently entered a Toronto long-term care home to steal debit and credit cards.

Toronto businessman accused of $12M pandemic Ponzi scheme found and charged with fraud

A Toronto businessman accused of orchestrating a $12-million pandemic-related Ponzi scheme was arrested and charged with fraud by Toronto police on Monday, just hours after investigators discovered his location, CBC News has learned.  Mark E. Cohen's whereabouts...
Man Defrauded Five People in Loan Scheme in Nova Scotia.

Man Defrauded Five People in Loan Scheme in Nova Scotia.

A man named Wesley William Robinson and his Halifax-based company defrauded five people fraud ranging from $25,000 up to $550,000 in a fake loan scheme. Robinson obtained cash from the complainants, who thought their money was going to be used to secure large loans....

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Richmond victim warns of Apple gift card scam

Richmond victim warns of Apple gift card scam

Scammer used email of resident's acquaintance in the scam. “It’s like that image of $1,000 with little wings flying out the window.” That’s how Richmond resident Susan Parsons described being a victim of an ongoing Apple gift card scam earlier this month. What Parsons...

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Two men arrested in unconnected mortgage fraud cases

Two men arrested in unconnected mortgage fraud cases

Guelph (July 24, 2020) – The police arrested two men in two unconnected mortgage fraud cases. On July 20, Guelph police laid 31 charges against the former mortgage broker, Charn Ghuman, following an eight-years fraud investigation. The Guelph man allegedly collected...

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Founders of mortgage investment firm Fortress Real Developments Inc. charged with fraud

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have charged two men with fraud in connection with a syndicated mortgages scheme involving Fortress Real Developments, following a years-long investigation. Jawad Rathore of Markham, Ont., and Vince Petrozza of Richmond Hill, Ont.,...

Canada-wide warrant for Toronto man in a $10M mortgage fraud investigation

A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for a man wanted in an investigation into alleged mortgage frauds valued at more than $10 million, Toronto police say. Multiple mortgage frauds have been reported to police. Investigators said they believe a...

Private Mortgage Broker “Lucas” wanted by Toronto Police for Fraud

On December 23, 2021, the Toronto Police issued a press release seeking the public’s assistance to identify a man posing as a private mortgage broker: http://torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/51793?s=09 If you have any information on this person, and you wish to...

Scammers used fake documents and real homes to scam renters

'There was no fanfare, no huge red flags,' says Ryan Planche of Barrie, Ont. Individuals trying to rent a place in Hay River, N.W.T., say they're being targeted by scammers using fake documents and real house listings to convince them to e-transfer hundreds of dollars...

Fraud charges laid over a year ago against Sarnia police officer has been cleared

Criminal charges laid over a year ago against a veteran Sarnia police officer have been dismissed. Jason Priddle, a 42-year-old first-class constable, was arrested and charged in late August 2020 with: uttering a forged document, forgery attempted fraud...

Consumer Fraud

Two men arrested in unconnected mortgage fraud cases

Two men arrested in unconnected mortgage fraud cases

Guelph (July 24, 2020) – The police arrested two men in two unconnected mortgage fraud cases. On July 20, Guelph police laid 31 charges against the former mortgage broker, Charn Ghuman, following an eight-years fraud investigation. The Guelph man allegedly collected...

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Waterloo police issue warning about new used car scam hitting area residents

Waterloo Regional Police have issued a warning about a new used car scam that has recently strike to dupe area residents. Police say the scammers are advertising vehicles as being for sale online. They say a meeting is then arranged between the buyer and seller where...

Rogers scam alert: Texts offering credit after outage are fake

Following a Canada-wide outage of Rogers and a subsequent notice that customers would receive a credit in recompense, scammers took to SMS to try and make a profit out of the misery. On Saturday, July 9, Rogers acknowledged that it knew about the problem. “We are...

Owner of mechanic shop in Lethbridge faces 62 charges after fraud investigation

Police in southern Alberta say an owner of a mechanic shop faces 62 charges after an investigation into alleged fraud. Investigators say they have identified more than two dozen victims and believe there could be more. Police say an investigation started last year...

Toronto police bust brazen moving scam, recover property belonging to 22 families

The Toronto Police Service has announced three suspects are facing several charges in connection with an alleged moving scam that saw items belonging to 22 families being recovered in an east-end warehouse. Const. Chris Long, an officer at 41 Division who has been...

Hamilton man says scammer used his home to promote ad for fake rental unit

In the middle of winter last year, Gary Brown said he and his family encountered a teary-eyed woman at the front door of their Hamilton Mountain home. The woman told Brown she had responded to an online ad that said his basement was available to...
Rogers scam alert: Texts offering credit after outage are fake

Rogers scam alert: Texts offering credit after outage are fake

Following a Canada-wide outage of Rogers and a subsequent notice that customers would receive a credit in recompense, scammers took to SMS to try and make a profit out of the misery. On Saturday, July 9, Rogers acknowledged that it knew about the problem. “We are...

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BC court awards $742K in damages to intimacy scam

BC court awards $742K in damages to intimacy scam

A property in Vancouver’s Fairview neighborhood, a poor line of credit, a trusted French man and an elderly couple he believed to be pseudo-parents are at the center of a messy legal battle in the B.C. Supreme Court. On October 5, Justice Warren Millman ordered the...

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