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Richmond Hill man arrested in connection with lottery scam

Atikokan (February 26, 2020) – The OPP arrested Shafqat Khan from Richmond Hill in a fraud case concerning a lottery scam. The scam was reported to the OPP in June of last year. As a result of the investigation, Khan has been charged with trafficking in stolen goods under $5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime. According to new numbers of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC), Canadians reported $3.4 million in losses in connection with price scams in 2019. The agency warns that there are many variations of scams using prizes as hook.

An Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) lottery scam investigation led to the arrest of a suspect from Richmond Hill. As a result of the nine-month fraud inquiry, Shafqat Khan has been charged by the OPP.

Suspect charged in lottery scam fraud case

The victim of a lottery fraud made a complaint to the Rainy River District Detachment of the OPP on June 6 of last year. The victim reported to the police that they received a notice that they had won ‘a substantial amount of money’ in a lottery. However, in order to claim the prize, they were ordered to pay taxes first. The victim transferred the purported taxes to the scammer. Thereafter, the fraudster asked for more money. This is when the victim realized that this was a scam and called the police.

The Rainy River District Detachment of the OPP started its investigation with the assistance of the Aurora Detachment. As a result, they arrested and charged 58-year-old Shafqat Khan with trafficking in stolen goods under $5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime.

Prize scams under top 10 frauds affecting Canadians in 2019

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) released the Financial Crime Trend Bulletin for 2019 earlier this month. Specified therein, prize scams were the eighth-most reported fraud in Canada in 2019.

Read more: CAFC’s list of top frauds in 2019

Additionally, this type of scam ranked under the top 10 frauds affecting Canadians in 2019 by dollar loss. Canadians reported $3.4 million in losses in connection with price scams in 2019. Experts believe that the actual number is significantly higher since it is estimated that less than 5 percent of fraud victims report the fraudulent incidents to the CAFC.

There are many variations of scams using prizes as a hook such as the foreign lottery scam or the prize winner call scam. More information on lottery scams can be found on the website of the CAFC.