Toronto man charged in alleged Home Depot BBQ fraud

Toronto man charged in alleged Home Depot BBQ fraud

A 42-year-old Toronto man is facing numerous charges after allegedly fraudulently obtaining barbecues from Home Depot locations and reselling them online. Toronto police allege that the man has been going into Home Depot stores throughout the city for the past several weeks. Once there, they allege he removes the price tag from a $220 Weber barbecue and places it instead on another Weber model worth $1,600. Police say he would then buy the more expensive…

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U.S. pardon services company ‘preyed’ on Canadians, alleges California D.A.

U.S. pardon services company ‘preyed’ on Canadians, alleges California D.A.

A California District Attorney’s office has levied $4.7 million in fines against a company accused of “preying” on Canadians desperate to have their criminal records cleaned up to get into the U.S. Documents filed by the County D.A. in Superior Court in California last week accuse the company of “defrauding” people by promising to get their past records sealed, taking their payments, then stalling and never delivering promised services. Read more at CBC News This article is summarized by Canadian…

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Two people charged after ‘return fraud’ in Shelburne, Ont.

Two people charged after ‘return fraud’ in Shelburne, Ont.

Two people were arrested on Friday after a Shelburne, Ont. retail store asked police to investigate a case of suspected “return fraud”. George Karn, 26, of Melancthon, and 31-year-old Kristol Kirkham were arrested and charged with theft under $5,000, fraud under $5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime after the duo returned stolen items for in-store credit. The total value of the items as $66. Read more at Orangeville This article is summarized by Canadian…

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BBB: Who is at the biggest risk of being scammed?

BBB: Who is at the biggest risk of being scammed?

The Better Business Bureau has launched an online reporting tool called Scam Tracker allowing businesses and consumers to more easily report scams. Through this tool, the BBB has learned that the riskiest scam consumers face are to do with home improvements. Following home improvement frauds are fake cheque and money order scams, employment scams, online purchase scams and advance fee loan scams. Read more at The Spokesman This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.

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Two men arrested in GTA Canada Goose fraud

Two men arrested in GTA Canada Goose fraud

Two GTA men are facing charges after using fraudulent gift cards to purchase thousands of dollars worth of Canada Goose jackets. Investigators say that the gift cards were purchased using stolen credit card data taken from 19 different people across the USA and Canada. The two men, aged 27 and 29, are charged with fraud over $5000, multiple counts of identity fraud and unauthorized use of credit card data. They’re due in court March 29. Read…

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Canadians lost more than $90 to scams in 2016

Canadians lost more than $90 to scams in 2016

The Better Business Bureau has put out a list of its top 10 scams in 2016, revealing Canadians lost more than $90 million to scammers. The amount lost in 2016 was 50 per cent more than in 2015. The highest figures coming from online dating scams and wire fraud. Read more at Global News This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.

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Canadians becoming better at recognizing and reporting fraud: Equifax

Canadians becoming better at recognizing and reporting fraud: Equifax

Consumer calls to set up a fraud alert increased by 28 per cent in 2016 according to new data. Equifax Canada shared the data in support of Fraud Prevention Month, a public awareness campaign that encourages people to recognize, reject and report fraud. Data from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre also suggests that financial fraud continues to grow, costing victims over $108 million in 2016, a 15 per cent increase from the previous year. Identity fraud…

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Debit fraud at record low: Interac

Debit fraud at record low: Interac

Chip technology in debit cards have significantly cut down on fraud according to Interac Association. Debit losses due to skimming have reached a record low of $11.4 million; $1.5 million of that in Canada. Despite record low numbers, more Canadians are concerned about fraudulent activities involving their debit cards than in 2015 according to an Interac survey. The Interac Association/Acxsys Corporation survey found 75 per cent of debit card holders said they were worried about possible…

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Better Business Bureau warns of cosmetics scam in Ontario

Better Business Bureau warns of cosmetics scam in Ontario

A regional consumer watchdog is warning Southwestern Ontarians about being billed for beauty products they never ordered. The scam involves a company called Lux Style International that appears to be based in Europe, said Ashley Casselman of the Better Business Bureau of Western Ontario.   Read more at IFPress This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.

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Website falsely promises to update passports

Website falsely promises to update passports

Central Ontario’s Better Business Bureau has received 21 complaints about PassportOnline.ca, a website that claims to complete passport applications or renewals for a fee. The company is not accredited by the bureau and Passport Canada offices do not recognize documentation from the site that promise completed applications.   Read more at CBC News This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.

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