Students warned about off-campus housing scams

Students warned about off-campus housing scams

University students in Canada’s capital are being warned to watch out for off-campus housing scams when looking for their next accommodations. Carleton University and University of Ottawa off-campus housing websites warn that students are losing hundreds of dollars after they put down payments on houses that look nothing like the advertisement or apartments that don’t exist at all. “More and more we are seeing [housing scams] through postings on social media,” said Jim Kennelly, who…

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Barrie fraudsters using old real estate listing in scam

Barrie fraudsters using old real estate listing in scam

Barrie, Ont. fraudsters are using old real estate listings to try and scam would-be renters. A Barrie woman moved into her home four years ago and to her surprise, the old listing for the house is now being used online by scammers to attract potential renters with too good to be true deals. A hopeful renter walked up to the woman’s door and was looking to rent the home. “She showed us the ad and…

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Fraudulent Ontario road test booking site could lead to identity theft: police

Fraudulent Ontario road test booking site could lead to identity theft: police

Ottawa police are warning about a fraudulent road test booking website designed to gather personal information about drivers in the province. Police say they’ve received several complaints from unsuspecting drivers who attempted to book a road test through the website “bookyourroadtest.com”. Investigators say the website appears legitimate at first glance and shows up at the top of a Google search for “road test” because of paid promotion by fraudsters. The data collected via the site…

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Alleged hacker Karim Baratov wants to go straight to U.S. to face prosecution

Alleged hacker Karim Baratov wants to go straight to U.S. to face prosecution

Accused Ancaster, Ont. Yahoo hacker Karim Baratov is waiving his Canadian rights and forgoing extradition in order to go straight to the United States to face prosecution. His lawyer said that waiving extradition “is the quickest route to the U.S. so we can continue our discussions there.” Baratov was arrested at his Ancaster home on March 14 after U.S. authorities charged him with aggravated identity theft and conspiring to commit fraud, in connection with a…

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Windsor con artist ordered to pay back victims of vacation property fraud

Windsor con artist ordered to pay back victims of vacation property fraud

A 26-year-old Windsor con artist who made a living ripping people off through online cottage rentals has pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud over $5,000. Matthew Jonsson would collect photos of properties in the Muskokas, Whistler, BC and Canmore, Alta. and advertise them as available rentals online. Using ever-changing pseudonyms, Jonsson operated this scheme for nearly two years. The father of three was placed on probation for three years. The Ontario court judge also…

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Fraudsters target female Chinese students in Metro Vancouver

Fraudsters target female Chinese students in Metro Vancouver

Richmond, BC residents are being contacted by a “virtual kidnapping scheme” that appears to target Chinese students studying in Metro Vancouver. The RCMP has received reports and warned that “six Lower Mainland incidents reported appear to be targeted at female Chinese nationals attending schools in the Greater Vancouver area.” The fraud group contacts both the students in B.C. and their families in China, pretending to be Chinese officials and telling families that the students were kidnapped…

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Rental scams target students in Waterloo region

Rental scams target students in Waterloo region

Waterloo Regional Police report that rental fraud cases increase at the end of semesters, when students are subletting, or planning their accommodations for the next year. They warn prospective renters not to send money when dealing with someone you have only contacted through the internet, and caution against wiring funds to anyone remotely. For first-time renters and students without credit or references, it can be hard to be approved by some realtors. The apartment renting process is even more…

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86 per cent WhatsApp users exposed to fraud, hacking: Study

86 per cent WhatsApp users exposed to fraud, hacking: Study

Only 14 per cent of WhatsApp users have successfully enabled the full security function that would protect their messages, a new study shows. A Brigham Young University study discovered that the majority of messaging app users, including on sites like Facebook and Viber, are vulnerable to malicious attacks on their networks because they aren’t using the security features properly. “It is possible that a malicious third party or man-in-the-middle attacker can eavesdrop on their conversations,”…

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Coldplay Fans in Montreal Duped by Counterfeit Ticket Scam

Coldplay Fans in Montreal Duped by Counterfeit Ticket Scam

A number of Montreal fans were denied access to an August 9 Coldplay concert after finding themselves victims of a counterfeit ticket scam. Montreal police say that 17 denied concert-goers have filed complaints about faulty tickets for the performance. Some fans believe they bought their counterfeit tickets from the same individual, who was charging them upwards of $400 for their tickets. Police spokesperson Const. Manuel Couture warned concertgoers that “there is no such thing as…

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Competition Bureau warning people of “rogue movers” scam

Competition Bureau warning people of “rogue movers” scam

The Competition Bureau of Canada is warning people to beware of “rogue movers,” a dishonest group of movers known for holding customers’ belongings hostage for outrageous amounts of money. According to the Bureau, the movers typically find victims through popular buy-and-sell websites like Craigslist and Kijiji and attract people by offering low prices and promising no hidden fees. The scammers convince customers that a verbal agreement is sufficient, and when the movers arrive, they present…

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