Court docs claim vehicle fraud involving more than 100 vehicles

Court docs claim vehicle fraud involving more than 100 vehicles

May 17, 2018 (courtesy of CTV.ca) – An Edmonton car dealership has taken legal action against an Edmonton man, and a number of companies he is involved with, after more than 33 vehicles were taken from the dealership’s lot earlier this year. A Statement of Claim obtained by CTV News outlines the lawsuit, filed by AutoCanada Capital Motors GP Inc. against a handful of numbered companies, individuals involved with those companies, Alberta Treasury Branches and Automotive…

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Fraudsters ‘spoof’ RCMP’s phone number in tax scam

Fraudsters ‘spoof’ RCMP’s phone number in tax scam

May 16, 2018 (Courtesy of the Ottawa Citizen ) – The RCMP isn’t making calls claiming taxpayers owe big and will be under arrest if they don’t pay up via money transfer, the force is warning. It’s a scam and the calls, in which fraudsters impersonate police officers, are using caller ID spoofing to make it look like they coming from the Mounties/ The callers tell their marks that there is a large amount of money owing…

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Solar panel business owner changes pleas to guilty in fraud case

Solar panel business owner changes pleas to guilty in fraud case

May 15, 2018 (courtesy of CBC.ca) – A Dartmouth businessman has changed his plea to guilty on two counts of fraud in a case in which several customers claim they lost thousands of dollars when they paid for solar panels that were never delivered. Barry Pincock, 51, of Lakecrest Drive, changed his pleas Friday in Halifax provincial court. The Crown offered no evidence on a third count of fraud and that charge was dismissed. A judge has ordered…

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Canadian fraud victims could get some of $586M US Western Union settlement

Canadian fraud victims could get some of $586M US Western Union settlement

U.S. ruling found company failed to properly protect customers against fraudsters May 2, 2018  (Courtesy of CBC.ca) – Police departments across Canada are informing fraud victims who sent funds through Western Union that they may be eligible to get some of their money back. Western Union has been ordered to pay back $586 million after the American Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice ruled the company failed to properly protect its customers against fraudsters. The company admitted…

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Winnipeg funeral home operator charged with forgery and fraud

Winnipeg funeral home operator charged with forgery and fraud

May 1 2018 (courtesy of  globalnews.ca) -A former funeral home operator has been charged with two dozen counts of forgery and fraud. Winnipeg Police have accused Mike Knysh of stealing $35,000 from Manitobans who purchased pre-paid funeral plans from Knysh Funeral Chapel. At at one point, Knysh operated funeral homes on Fife Street in Winnipeg and another in Beausejour. Investigators said between the years 2000 and 2015, nine victims purchased pre-paid plans from the funeral…

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Ecuadorians Challenge Chevron Over $9.5B Award In Canadian Court

Ecuadorians Challenge Chevron Over $9.5B Award In Canadian Court

April 17, 2018 (Courtesy of oilprice.com) – Ecuadorian farmers and indigenous people will seek to show an Ontario Court of Appeal this week that Chevron Canada is legally liable for a US$9.5-billion award that the Ecuadorians won against the U.S. parent Chevron Corp in Ecuador over past environmental pollution. The Ecuadorian plaintiffs will be asking Ontario’s top court at the hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday to overturn a previous ruling that prohibits them from going after Chevron Canada for…

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Be wary when donating online after tragedies, says Better Business Bureau

Be wary when donating online after tragedies, says Better Business Bureau

April 12, 2018 (Courtesy of CBC.ca)As Canadians continue what’s been described as an unprecedented outpouring of financial support in the wake of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, the Better Business Bureau is cautioning people to be cautious when donating money online. A legitimate GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $8 million and counting for the victims of the crash that claimed 16 lives and left 13 injured, which company CEO Rob Solomon called “unprecedented” and…

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Former funeral home director accused of defrauding victims of nearly $400K: OPP

Former funeral home director accused of defrauding victims of nearly $400K: OPP

April 9, 2018 (courtesy of The Canadian Press) – A former funeral home director is facing a number of charges after allegedly defrauding the families of people who had pre-paid for their arrangements. Provincial Police Sgt. Peter Leon says the investigation centred on the Watts Funeral Home, a now-shuttered family-run business that had three locations in the central Ontario communities of Wasaga Beach, Midland and Penetanguishene. Leon says one of the family members on the funeral…

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Bitcoin-based tax fraud ramping up in Canada, expert says

Bitcoin-based tax fraud ramping up in Canada, expert says

March 28, 2018 (Courtesy of itworld.com)  – Fraud campaigns during tax season are nothing new, but according to the VP and country manager for Symantec Canada, it’s at an “all-time peak” in Canada, and fraudsters have fallen in love with a new tool: Bitcoin. “We’re seeing dollar amounts between $1,000 to $10,000 being stolen in each case,” says Ajay Sood. “Bitcoin machine operators [in Toronto] are telling us that almost every person coming in to use Bitcoin, are…

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Canadians continue to be fooled by website that mimics government agency

Canadians continue to be fooled by website that mimics government agency

Paying hundreds of dollars, Canadians share personal and passport information with online companies March 27, 2018 (Courtesy Of CBC.ca) –  More than a year after CBC Toronto wrote about a website that has Canadians sharing personal information, passports and credit card information, thinking they’re on a federal government site, clients continue to be duped by the company. Passport Online provides what it calls application services, to help Canadians fill out a form that’s available for free from…

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