Airline ticket fraud prompts police warning of fake online purchases

Airline ticket fraud prompts police warning of fake online purchases

York Regional Police is warning residents who purchase items through online ads to be careful, given recent incidents of airline ticket frauds. Officers started investigating on June 12 after a victim reported fraud with her airline tickets. She purchased the tickets for overseas flights from an ad on an online classified website. When she tried to use the tickets for her flight, they were not accepted. Investigators revealed that the tickets were originally purchased with…

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Coquitlam B.C. Mounties issue warning about illegal ‘Gifting Circle’ scam

Coquitlam B.C. Mounties issue warning about illegal ‘Gifting Circle’ scam

RCMP in Coquitlam, B.C. are warning people about a new pyramid scheme that may be targeting women. “One of the ways this scheme is presented is that it’s not illegal and everything is above board, which of course is your first clue that something might be amiss,” said Corporal Michael McLaughlin. He says a recruiter asks the victim for a $5,000 gift to join and the victim is then expected to recruit eight more people…

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Norfolk resident loses $100K to online lottery scam

Norfolk resident loses $100K to online lottery scam

A Norfolk, Ont. resident has lost $100,000 to an online lottery scam. The victim received a notification indicating they had won a lottery, they were then told in order to release the winnings they would need to send money to a link. The victim never collected any money. “Scammers are increasingly using Facebook as a means of communication to target potential victims,” Norfolk Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) said in a statement. “The OPP are warning…

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Scammers target victims of crime in Red Deer

Scammers target victims of crime in Red Deer

A kind of criminal double-whammy is hitting Red Deer, Alta. residents according to local RCMP. Police are warning of so-called “assist-to-recover” scams that target those who’ve had property stolen. The scammers contact victims who have posted about their loss online, saying they have the stolen goods and will return them for a fee. The scammers will often request a money transfer and tell the victims that they will reveal the location of the goods once…

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Thornhill man defrauded eHarmony matches

Thornhill man defrauded eHarmony matches

Toronto police fraud investigators say a 49-year-old man is in custody after allegedly taking money from romantic partners he met on the online dating site eHarmony and using it for his own purpose. Police say the man used an alias when he signed up for the site and started reaching out to potential victims. He allegedly told his matches that he could manage their money for them, but instead used it to “fund his own…

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A WhatsApp scam has emerged that’s tricking people to pay for the app

A WhatsApp scam has emerged that’s tricking people to pay for the app

A new scam is going around that’s trying to trick its victims into paying for a fake “subscription” to the app WhatsApp. Allegations on Twitter have emerged that say fraudulent text messages have been sent to WhatsApp users. The texts inform the recipient them that their subscription has expired and ask for a reactive fee to fix the problem. The text shows up in the target’s phone as coming from “WhatsApp,” though it’s sent via text…

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Timmins local businesses avoid fraud

Timmins local businesses avoid fraud

The Timmins, Ont. police service is advising local businesses to be aware of recent fraud attempts over email. Earlier this month, an employee at a business received an email from what appeared to be the president of the company, requesting that she complete an invoice payment for a significant sum of money. As the request was not out of the ordinary, the employee complied and only realized that it was an attempted fraud after the…

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Romance scam cheats Nanaimo woman out of her retirement

Romance scam cheats Nanaimo woman out of her retirement

A Nanaimo, B.C. woman was bilked $15,000 and forced to delay her retirement after falling victim to an online romance scam. The 67-year-old woman had received a Facebook message in January from a man identifying himself as Kevin Rand, according to Nanaimo RCMP. The man claimed to be an American military officer stationed in Turkey. After two months of increasingly personal conversations over the internet, Rand told the woman he was in love with her and proposed marriage….

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RCMP voices concerns about binary options scams

RCMP voices concerns about binary options scams

The RCMP has voiced concerns about the rise in binary options fraud cases across the country. In an announcement made on Monday, the Alberta RCMP disclosed that in 2016 there were 8,317 fraud cases reported in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions between January and October. Of these cases, there was an increasing level of binary options scams. According to the Alberta Securities Commission, Albertans who fall victim to the financial scheme suffer an average loss of over $20,000. Edmonton…

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Charges dropped against former Winnipeg cop after son pleads guilty to auto-selling scam

Charges dropped against former Winnipeg cop after son pleads guilty to auto-selling scam

Fraud charges against a former Winnipeg police officer were dropped on Monday after his 23-year-old son pleaded guilty in an auto-selling scam. Richard Paul Sierhuis, 51, was facing seven charges of fraud over $5,000, forging a trademark/passing off wares, and driving an unregistered vehicle for his alleged role in falsely advertising and fraudulently selling used vehicles. All of the charges against him were stayed when his son, Adam Sierhuis, took responsibility for the crimes in…

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