What Fraud Victims Should Know About Fraud by Omission

What Fraud Victims Should Know About Fraud by Omission

Promissory Note and Other Unsecured Loan Cases We often receive inquiries from people who have loaned money without formal security, only to find that the person they loaned the money to have used their money for purposes other than they discussed, have refused to pay it back, and have assigned themselves into bankruptcy. The recent criminal fraud case of R. v. Fontana, 2016 ONSC 7076, tells the story of the unsecured loan scenario where funds…

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Publication of civil and criminal fraud judgments

Publication of civil and criminal fraud judgments

By Norman J. Groot, Toronto fraud lawyer Publication of Civil and Criminal Fraud Judgments Issued by the Courts In Canada a central registry of civil and criminal fraud judgments, that would allow anyone to simply search a name to determine whether someone they are dealing with has been involved in fraud, does not exist. “Most fraud judgements go unreported.” Unless a formal press release is issued, or a journalist is following a story, most fraud…

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Mortgage fraud is not a victimless crime, interview with Tara Zecevic

Mortgage fraud is not a victimless crime, interview with Tara Zecevic

Equifax Canada data shows 16 per cent of Canadians said they believe mortgage fraud is a victimless crime. While perpetrators of mortgage fraud may think it is no big deal, mortgage fraud costs the mortgage industry as a whole. Equifax focuses on the financial future of individuals and organizations data, technology and innovative analytics. Their recent data suggests high-risk and suspected fraudulent mortgage activity is on the rise noting a 52 per cent increase in…

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Employment Scams under the Apex corporate name

Employment Scams under the Apex corporate name

Numerous complaints from individuals online report ‘Apex’ employees are trying to scam people with fraudulent investment offers, fake job offers and CEO phishing scams. Apex Investment pops up in a lot of scam sites, sometimes called Company instead of Group and other versions of the name. Job offer phishing payment information An anonymous blogger posted on Reddit: his story about a job he was offered by Apex Investment Group. He said:  “They said they are moving to the NYC…

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What victims should know about fraudster’s charter rights, by Norman J. Groot

What victims should know about fraudster’s charter rights, by Norman J. Groot

In July 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada placed a big limitation on the ability of fraud victims to obtain justice through the Canadian criminal justice system with the release of the decision of R. v. Jordan. In R. v. Jordan, the Supreme Court of Canada put restrictions on the opportunity to have criminal cases adjudicated on the merits by declaring that a criminal case must be heard within an arbitrary time limit or the…

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Absolute Softech is scamming consumers with fake tech support

Absolute Softech is scamming consumers with fake tech support

Victims of this tech support scam usually have a warning pop up on their browser telling them their computer is at risk. The Absolute Softech worker then offers tech support service for one year for $149 or for three years for $249. Meanwhile, the tests they run are fake. Elder abuse and fraud reported online The scammers at Absolute Softech have been accused of defrauding older people multiple times. An elderly woman writes in an online complaint: “My…

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Act wisely when giving donations to help Syrian refugees

Act wisely when giving donations to help Syrian refugees

Over a year ago, BBB Wise Giving Alliance distributed a donor advisory about Syrian refugee assistance.  It is with deep sadness that a year later, the crisis for Syrian refugees continues to escalate, particularly in the aftermath of the destruction of Aleppo.   Season of giving brings people seeking to take advantage Amnesty International reports that over the course of  five years of warfare, over 4.8 million Syrians have fled to five countries (Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan,…

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Before contacting police, have your case assessed by lawyers specializing in fraud litigation

Before contacting police, have your case assessed by lawyers specializing in fraud litigation

A common reaction of those who discover they have become the victim of fraud is to confront the fraudster and/or to contact the police. At Investigation Counsel PC we recommend that fraud victims first review their cases with trusted advisors and then with fraud recovery counsel before confronting a fraudster or contacting the police.  Why do fraud victims often desire to immediately report their losses to the police before consulting their own lawyer? Fraud victims…

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Ten common holiday scams to be aware of this season

Ten common holiday scams to be aware of this season

Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to beware of different common holiday scams. We decided to give a little bit more information about these scams, how to protect yourself and what you could do after you become a victim. Look-alike websites When shopping online, make sure to use only legitimate websites. Con artists sometimes set up websites with official looking banners and copies of government emblems or logos. Instead of getting the help you need, these…

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A victim’s response to a fraudster’s allegations of extortion

A victim’s response to a fraudster’s allegations of extortion

Sometimes fraudsters allege the criminal offence of extortion as against their fraud victims for the purpose of attempting to deter them from making a criminal complaint to police or a regulatory body. Fraud victims should not be put off by such allegations, but rather simply be aware of how to properly proceed with simultaneous civil proceeding and criminal or regulatory complaints. Two different systems of law: civil and criminal It is common practice for fraudsters who are…

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