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Crack Down on an International Mass Marketing Fraud Network: 16 Arrests

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Montréal, May 27, 2014 – This morning, in the Montréal area, some 60 police officers arrested 16 individuals in relation to a mass marketing fraud network. A major round-up was carried out by the RCMP, with the assistance of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) and Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM). An alleged boiler room was also dismantled.

Based on the investigation conducted jointly with the American authorities, several thousand people in the United States were victimized by this fraud.

Grandparent Scam

The investigation, led by the Centre of Operations Linked to Telemarketing Fraud (COLT), targeted a mass marketing fraud network. The leader of this network had been under investigation for several years for his illegal activities.

The network used the grandparent scam to defraud their victims and operated from a boiler room concealed in a legitimate business in Montréal.

The alleged fraudsters also sold personal information protection services. However, not only did the victims not receive such protection, the information was used to defraud them.

Canada/US Effort

COLT includes many Canadian and American partners: RCMP, SQ, SPVM, US Secret Service, US Postal Inspection Services and FTC. COLT also relies on intelligence sharing with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC).

Mass marketing fraud is a serious and even violent crime for the victims. Knowing the different scams used by criminals is the best way to avoid being victimized!

Protect yourself from fraud

COLT and its partners focus on prevention and education to proactively fight mass marketing fraud and raise public awareness. If you want to report a fraud, or if you need more information, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. If you have information on illicit activity by individuals or groups involved in fraud scams, contact the RCMP at 1 800 771-5401 or your local police.

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For information:

Communications Office - Montréal
514-939-8308

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