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All in the Family - $12.5M Insider Lottery Scam

3 members of the Chung family were arrested and found guilty of a lottery scam that netted them $12.5 million. The deception took a few years to come to a resolution. Variety Plus in Burlington manager Kenneth Chung and his father, Jun-Chul conspired to pull off a scheme wherein they would steal and encash winning lottery tickets more than a decade ago. They stole tickets during an 8 month period that only ended in early 2004.

Windsor Doctor Punished for Fraud and Improper Prescribing

A respectable-looking and experienced doctor is the last person you’d probably think of to be involved in fraud and that may be the reason why thousands of patients trusted Dr. Thomas Joseph Barnard with their health. Dr. Barnard’s practice in Ontario has some limitations. He’s not to practise family medicine as well as prescribe narcotic drugs. His office is only supposed to provide cosmetic and aesthetic services plus nutritional counselling but he’s been found to do more than what he is legally allowed to.

Beware of these 3 Digital Scams

Fraud in Canada has been a problem for quite a while, but it is now growing stronger than ever as the digital age provides fraudsters with more ways to commit fraud. Digital fraud used to be just confined to identity theft via phishing but these days there’s smishing, shimmers, and tech-support fraud to be wary about too. Do you know that more than $405 million were lost by Canadians to scammers from 2014 to 2017? That is alarming, more so that $94 million of the losses were scammed from Canadians who are between 60 and 79 years of age. Scammers will stop at nothing to invent new ways of stealing information. The most common ones to look out for are discussed below.

Ex-Mississauga MP Involved in $1.1M International Investment Fraud as Charged by RCMP

Ex-MP Wajid Ali Khan faces 7 charges – namely, 3 counts of false pretense, 1 count of uttering of a forged document, and 3 counts of fraud. He borrowed an amount exceeding $1.1M from his personal contacts in Canada for the purpose of buying investment properties for said contacts in Pakistan. 48 years old Nadeem Imtiaz Ahmed is accused with him.

Top 5 Bitcoin Scams to Avoid

Bitcoin is a digital currency that was created to make paying for things a lot easier, but things didn’t end up like that. Today, Bitcoin is being used and abused by scammers worldwide. While there is blockchain that is meant to protect Bitcoin, it is clearly not enough to protect most people from Bitcoin scams. Below are the 5 worst Bitcoin scams that you must avoid at all cost and how they were used to scam people.

Sino-Forest Fraud Case Update: Canadian Court Awards $2.6B

A $2.6 billion damages fee was awarded by Ontario Superior Court Justice Michael Penny to the plaintiffs in Sino-Forest fraud case. This update is expected to lead to more litigation as the Sino-Forest case is one of the biggest cases of securities fraud that involve a listed Chinese firm.

Fraud Uncovered at Ontario Auto Body Shops

Aviva Canada, an insurance company, found out that workers employed at some auto body shops would deliberately damage vehicles, bill for towing that never happened, and create invoices for phantom repairs. What is even more shocking that only 1 out of 10 repair outfits acted honestly according to Aviva’s investigation.

Bridle Path Mortgage Scheme Fraudsters Charged by Toronto Police

It took years, but Toronto Police were finally able to lay charges against those involved in bridle-path fraud scheme. The scheme has been going on since 2013 and has been using fake home ownership papers to get mortgage money.

New Phone Scam Rips Off More Than $5M from Five Torontonians

New fraud scheme targeted Torontonians and was able to fleece them out of more than $5M. Further evidence that phone scams are everywhere and with advances in technology, fraudsters seem to be getting smarter as well.