B.C. man identified in connection with RCMP probe into CRA phone scam
A Burnaby, B.C., man has been identified as a suspect in an RCMP investigation into organized crime groups accused of scamming Canadians by posing as Canada Revenue Agency officers, demanding payment through cash and gift cards. According to B.C. Supreme Court documents, officers searched the home of Haoran Xue last July after a probe linked him to retail mailboxes set up around the Greater Vancouver Area.Details of the investigation are laid out in a lawsuit filed in mid-November by the director of B.C.'s Civil Forfeiture Office, who now wants to seize the 26-year-old's home as the proceeds of crime.
A 35-year-old Edmonton man has been charged forin connection to a romance scam that took place in Orillia, Ont., say.
In April 2017, police say they were notified of a suspected fraud, where the victim had sent $25,000 to the scammer.
After a lengthy investigation, officers identified Albert Gyamfi, from Edmonton, as the suspect. According to police, Gyamfi was also a suspect for similar frauds in other Ontario police jurisdictions.
Gyamfi was arrested in August and was charged with fraud over $5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime, OPP say.
Millions falling for online rental scams, says Better Business Bureau
An indepth investigative study by the Better Business Bureau has found online rental home and vacation scams are overwhelmingly widespread . "The number of scams are so far-reaching that almost 50 percent of persons looking for something to rent online are likely to encounter a rental scam," said Karla Davis, BBB Mainland B.C. spokesperson. The BBB says over five million people have been impacted by the scams and which have been appearing across North America since 2016.In fact, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre found Canadians have lost almost $1.4 million in the last three years to online rental scams.
He's set to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Orillia on Dec. 24.
Police say while arrests in romance scams are rare, the schemes are more common than people may think.
"In general terms, what they do is they say all the right things that people want to hear because people want that connection," Orillia OPP Const. Martin Hill told Global News.
"All of a sudden these people are in love — or think they're in love — and then they ask for a little bit of money, then a little bit more and then there's a problem that they need something else for."
Eventually, the scammer may make threats, Hill said, including violence or extortion.
According to the OPP, the Better Business Bureau claims that Canadians reported $22.5 million lost to the romance scam in 2018 but estimates that losses are 20 times that number since most victims don't report the scheme.
Officers say people who believe they've been victims of fraud should contact the OPP or their local police service.
Scam targets your kid's pure credit score, according to Better Business Bureau .
Scam targets your kid's pure credit score, according to Better Business BureauThe organization says people are contacting parents with the offer of free child safety kits for all children in the community.