Vancouver man convicted of fraud in U.S. after companies solicited more than $18M from 60,000 people

Vancouver man convicted of fraud in U.S. after companies solicited more than $18M from 60,000 people

April 2 2018 (Courtesy of cbc.ca) A Vancouver man accused of bilking thousands of seniors in the U.S. — and who fought extradition for more than a decade — has been convicted of mail and wire fraud by a Los Angeles federal jury. On Thursday, a jury convicted Mark Eldon Wilson, 57, of seven counts of mail fraud and two counts of wire fraud, said a spokesperson for the United States Attorney’s Office, Central District of California. Prosecutors alleged…

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Police warn of fraud scheme after woman, 76, lost thousands of dollars

Police warn of fraud scheme after woman, 76, lost thousands of dollars

March 22,2018 (Courtesy of the Canadian Press) –  An Ontario police force is warning the public about a fraud scheme that left a 76-year-old woman thousands of dollars out of pocket this week. Police in Brantford, Ont., say the victim got a call from someone claiming to be an investigator with the RCMP. They say the fraudster told the woman her bank accounts and credit cards had been hacked by someone using her last name….

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From demanding gift cards to fake arrest warrants, Saskatoon police warn of fake CRA calls

From demanding gift cards to fake arrest warrants, Saskatoon police warn of fake CRA calls

There has been a recent uptick of Saskatoon residents receiving phone calls from scam artists working under the guise of the Canada Revenue Agency, according to the Saskatoon Police Service. The complaints coming into Saskatoon police range from would-be scammers using aggressive language to threaten people into paying fictitious debt via gift cards, to the complainant being told there is a warrant out for their arrest. In the gift card scenario, victims are being instructed to provide authorization…

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Nova Scotia police investigating fraud scheme after woman loses $10,000

Nova Scotia police investigating fraud scheme after woman loses $10,000

Nova Scotia RCMP is investigating a fraud scheme that has robbed a woman out of thousands of dollars. The woman from Yarmouth was contacted and told she had won a significant amount of prize money – all she needed to do was pay the fees and taxes. She was asked to provide the caller with her account number and was then instructed to withdraw funds and send money via wire transfer to various bank accounts…

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Same scam, new emotional twist almost cons Corner Brook woman

Same scam, new emotional twist almost cons Corner Brook woman

When Ruth Brewer’s phone rang a couple of weeks ago, she thought it was her son Brian on the line — a call that kickstarted a harrowing experience that had her scrambling for cash. “I answered the call and it was, ‘Mom, Mom, I’ve had an accident,’ and I said, ‘Where are you?’ And then it was, ‘Constable Jonathan wants to speak with you,” said the 70-year-old Corner Brook resident. “It sounded to me like Brian,…

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Scammers compromise Holiday Inn phone system, stealing credit card info

Scammers compromise Holiday Inn phone system, stealing credit card info

A hotel in Newfoundland and Labrador has taken down its automated phone system after scammers managed to not only crack into it but use it to fool guests into giving up their credit information. Last week, employees of the Holiday Inn Express at Deer Lake were notified by guests in two separate rooms that they had received calls from someone who claimed to be working the front desk. The caller asked guests to confirm their…

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Fraudulent phone calls proved costly for at least two Ucluelet locals last week

Fraudulent phone calls proved costly for at least two Ucluelet locals last week

Fraudulent phone calls proved costly for at least two Ucluelet locals last week. The Ucluelet RCMP received three reports of scam attempts between Feb. 4-7, two of which conned victims out of roughly $1,000 each, according to Const. Jarett Duncan of the Ucluelet RCMP. “I don’t think the Ucluelet community is being targeted specifically, but there has been a rash of them happening lately,” Duncan said. “I don’t know if [scammers] are onto the West…

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‘It was torture’: Edmonton woman scammed out of $15K by fake RCMP officer

‘It was torture’: Edmonton woman scammed out of $15K by fake RCMP officer

An Edmonton woman is warning others about an elaborate telephone scam after she was swindled out of more than $15,000 in bogus bail money and legal fees by someone claiming to be an RCMP officer. Maryam Raza said she was tricked into believing her husband was under arrest for not reporting his identity had been stolen. The caller who claimed to be an RCMP officer instructed her to transfer money through Bitcoin ATMs. Raza was warned that…

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Canada Revenue tax scams are still happening in London, according to 911 operators

Canada Revenue tax scams are still happening in London, according to 911 operators

9-1-1 operators in London have received numerous inquiries and calls from the public in recent days regarding the ongoing Canada Revenue Agency Scam. According to London police, the scam works like this: Individuals receive a telephone call or a visit from someone claiming to be an employee of the Canada Revenue Agency. The potential victim is provided with information in relation to a possible investigation and criminal charges pending against them. The caller or subject…

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Port Moody police warn of phone scam hitting the small B.C community

Port Moody police warn of phone scam hitting the small B.C community

Police in Port Moody, B.C., are warning residents about a telephone scam that involves an automated voice message in which the caller identifies himself as a police officer and demands the recipient return the call or risk police investigation. Legitimate officers would identify themselves by name and rank, said Const. Jason Maschke of the Port Moody Police. Maschke says such scams tend to pop up more frequently around tax season and typically make illegitimate threats…

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