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Canada High school students targeted in bank card scam

21:30  27 november  2019
21:30  27 november  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

Vancouver man says scammers stole his phone number to access his online accounts

  Vancouver man says scammers stole his phone number to access his online accounts A Vancouver man is warning others of a sophisticated sim card scam that left him without access to his own phone number and hit with thousands of dollars worth of fraudulent charges. Stu Hunter, a Vancouver visual effects artist, said he was at work last Wednesday when he received a text message alerting him that a carrier move had been initiated for his cell phone number. Stu Hunter, a Vancouver visual effects artist, said he was at work last Wednesday when he received a text message alerting him that a carrier move had been initiated for his cell phone number. Having been a Rogers customer for 15 years and having no plans to leave, Hunter found the message odd.

Ottawa police have issued a warning about a scam targeting high school students who are being offered easy money in exchange for their banking information.

According to police, the fraudsters approach young people through an acquaintance or on social media, then offer a financial reward to convince them to give up their bank cards and PINs. 

The suspects will then make a deposit as "payment" — sometimes the proceeds from an earlier fraud — and immediately make a withdrawal. Banks will normally determine the deposit is fraudulent, leaving the card holder on the hook for the money that was withdrawn.

Police are encouraging parents to talk with their children about safeguarding their bank cards and PIN numbers, and ensure they understand they're responsible for their account activity.

Police say parents who believe their child has been the victim of such a scam should immediately contact the bank to freeze the account.

Anonymous pro-China letter and a fight at Richmond high school prompt district-wide meetings .
Senior staff spoke to principals at all 10 high schools after two incidents erupted at Richmond Secondary School.On Nov. 25, a fight broke out between a group of students and an open letter was posted on another student's locker in support of China at Richmond Secondary School in B.C.

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