The fraud division of the Peel Regional Police is currently investigating a secret bonus program that was responsible for allegedly paying out about $1.25M in total to non-union City of Brampton employees over the past few years. The fraud started in 2009.
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The communities of Greater Toronto Area has fallen victim to some scams lately as recently reported by Insauga, with the neighbourhoods of Brampton and Mississauga getting much of the scam attacks. The thing with this scam attacks is that they can target even the most unsuspecting of victims, and can happen digitally because of advancements in technology.
It seems that fraud is simply everywhere no matter where you are and the worst thing is, perpetrators of fraud can find ways to exploit even the most basic of human needs. This is what came to light when Attorney general Jeff Sessions announced that more than 400 individuals were found to be involved in health care fraud and opioid scams that cost about $1.3 billion. The frauds were pulled off by false billing.
A business owner from Mississauga is currently facing serious charges regarding a benefit fraud case that targeted the Toronto Transit Commission and Manulife.
Most of us would trust someone who owns a legitimate business not to do anything that can jeopardize the said business, but this doesn’t seem to be applicable to one Mississauga business owner.
Police are warning the Chinese community in GTA that a scam is targeting members of their community. The scam, which the police say is too good to be true, promises Chinese people via an ad in local Chinese newspapers that their company can help secure travel documents going to Canada from China. The fraudulent company is called Gao Sheng Investment Corporation.
It seems that despite operations to aggressively address the immigration scam and CRA scam that are victimizing Canadians, prevalence continues to rise up in numbers.
Scams can target anyone anywhere, but they are more concerning when reports give us figures that expose the true prevalence of it close to home. The Better Business Bureau’s latest list of the top 10 scams in Canada revealed that we’ve lost more than $90 to the top 10 scams of 2016.
Brampton’s audit committee was recently made aware of a million dollar secretive fund via report. Police are being asked to investigate following the discovery of a secret $1.25M staff fund that was given to non-union staff without the council’s knowledge. Brampton councilor John Sprovieri leads the demand for a policed investigation.
Thousands of Toronto residents’ sensitive data have been compromised by Project Royal Fraud Ring. The extent of the compromise was discovered when police seized hundreds of pieces of mail, several notebooks containing the personal data of an estimated 5,000 GTA residents, and numerous credit cards.
It’s one thing to be targeted by scams as a business, but it just hits too close to home when your community is the scam’s target. Peel police have been alerted of such a scam that has been targeting a specific community in Mississauga.