Montreal travel agent fraud scams $30,000 in fake vacations

Montreal travel agent fraud scams $30,000 in fake vacations

Victims are being encouraged to come forward in connection with a Montreal scam artist responsible for selling more than $30,000 in fake vacations that didn’t exist. Jessica Luong, 27, is also suspected by Montreal police of selling discounted merchandise that didn’t exist as well as bouncing a cheque to an actual travel agency. It’s alleged that Luong’s most common scam was directed at friends and persuading them to purchase a vacation and recommend they book…

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Hangfeng Zhang charged with airline ticket fraud

Hangfeng Zhang charged with airline ticket fraud

Toronto police have arrested Hangfeng Zhang in connection with an ongoing investigation into an online airline ticket scam. Police say that between June 2017 and August 2017, several people purchased tickets through an online agent with Interac e-transfers ranging from $400 to $3,000. While the victims were able to confirm their bookings on their airlines’ websites after making the purchase, police allege those bookings would later be cancelled because they were booked with a compromised credit…

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P.E.I. government server hacked, fraudulent email sent

P.E.I. government server hacked, fraudulent email sent

The government of P.E.I. is warning people that an email that was sent from one of their servers on Sunday is not a message from the government, their server had been hacked. The email, with the subject line “Tonight’s Winner is Drawn in 10 Hours,” tells the recipient that they could be a winner of a Powerball lottery and prompts them to click on a link. The government is warning people not to click on the…

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10K CAA customers could be affected by Equifax hack

10K CAA customers could be affected by Equifax hack

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) says that 10,000 of its members may have had their data compromised by the massive Equifax cybersecurity breach. The association announced Thursday that Equifax was its partner on their identity protection program, which began in March 2015 and was put to an end on July 1, almost a month before Equifax discovered the hack on July 29. The CAA program required members to register their personal information, like credit cards,…

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Halifax police warn of parking spot rental scam

Halifax police warn of parking spot rental scam

Halifax police are warning people to watch out for a new scam involving an online advertisement for a parking spot on Kent street. According to police, the parking space in real, but the person who is offering to rent it is not the real owner of the spot. Police say the victims communicated with the fraudster online and by text but never met face-to-face. Rent money was all sent through e-transfers. As of Monday, three victims of…

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Class action suit filed against Equifax for data breaches

Class action suit filed against Equifax for data breaches

Equifax is facing multiple class actions after dealing with one of “the most impactful” data breaches ever. Last week, the credit reporting company revealed that more than 143 million American’s and Canadians sensitive information might have been stolen in a security breach in late July. At least 30 class action lawsuits have been filed against the company in the United States and two have been filed in Canada. Both the Office of the Privacy Commissioner…

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Phishing scam claiming to be from BBB Saskatchewan

Phishing scam claiming to be from BBB Saskatchewan

BBB Saskatchewan is warning businesses, charities and consumers of an email phishing scam that’s making its way through Canada and the United States. The email scam uses the Better Business Bureau name and logo and contains malware that can infect your computer or steal passwords. The message of these emails claim the recipient has a complaint against them regarding a violation of labour and/or health and safety standards. The BBB does not handle any complaints…

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Investigation reveals hundreds of Canadians have fake degrees

Investigation reveals hundreds of Canadians have fake degrees

An investigation into one of the world’s largest diploma mills has revealed more than 800 Canadians could have purchased phoney university degrees. Fake diplomas are a billion-dollar industry according to experts, one of its largest players being a Pakistan-based IT firm called Axact. Fake degrees devalue legitimate degrees and can put the public at risk in industries like engineers and health-care workers where proper skills and expertise are required. There are hundreds of Axact-linked schools…

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Victoria police warn of business email scam

Victoria police warn of business email scam

Victoria, BC police are warning Victoria and Esquimalt businesses to be wary of an increase of “business email compromise” scams. The scam begins when an employee in accounting or a similar financial department is targeted by somebody posing as the CEO or another high-ranking employee. The scammer send a realistic email requesting an urgent wire transfer to settle an account or pay an invoice or secure a business deal. Scammers will often send realistic looking…

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New RCMP task force to investigate kidnapping scam targeting Chinese nationals

New RCMP task force to investigate kidnapping scam targeting Chinese nationals

British Columbia RCMP has created a new task force to investigate a series of false kidnapping threats targeting Chinese nationals living in Metro Vancouver. In July, Mounties issued a public warning after at least six people reported receiving messages that said their personal information had been compromised and that they had been implicated in a crime back in China. They were then instructed to contact Chinese officials and that if they didn’t cooperate, their family…

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