Online romance scams have been prevalent since the dawn of the internet age. Each year, hundreds of thousands of individuals from all walks of life fall victim to online dating scams. In fact, the U.S. alone recently reported that their annual tally on online romance scams reached $230 million.
One of the most important tools for private investigators in the digital age is the presence of easily accessible public records. Although not much has changed regarding what information is available publicly, what has changed is that what used to require countless hours of sifting through paper a few decades ago can now be accessed with just a few clicks, as almost everything is available digitally.
You’ve met that perfect person online – they make you laugh, they’re charming and you feel really connected to them. The problem is, they say they live in another country. Not only that, but they have also been asking you for small amounts of money, or gifts, over the time you have known them. You send the money and gifts because they are… perfect. What you don’t know is that this person may not be the “dream come true” you think they are.
I am Craig Hannaford and welcome to my new blog series for Haywood Hunt & Associates, which takes a closer look at fraud in the workplace. I have been a Senior Investigator at Haywood Hunt since March 2019 focusing on commercial fraud, civil litigation support, investigative accounting, asset searches and miscellaneous problem solving. I am the former head of the RCMP …
Not all private investigation agencies in Toronto and the GTA are reputable and choosing the right private investigator can have a huge impact on your case and overall reputation. Selecting a competent, knowledgeable and most importantly experienced private investigation agency is crucial. If you were to proceed with a shady agency the damage and liability this can cause you can come at a very high price. Below are the considerations that you must take into account.
I have presented to many business people and organizations and the most common question I receive is, “Why would we be a target of online attacks?” There are many reasons; corporate espionage, your competitors, fraud, theft of customer and vendor information and the most common reason – ransomeware (the theft of your data for monetary gain).
As a 28 year veteran of the Vancouver Police Department, and 12 years spent in the Technological Crimes Unit, Mark recovered approximately $600 million in compromised financial data. He has provided crucial intelligence in relation to a number of high profile data breaches across North America, which resulted in the successful arrests of a number of global suspects.
A Toronto bureaucrat was fired following a fraud probe concerning $11M in COVID-19 funds. The probe’s court documents state that Sanjay Madan took tens of thousands of dollars to India. According to court documents, Madan worked as a computer specialist in Toronto for the Ontario government prior to allegedly flying to India together with tens of thousands of dollars in cash after he was confronted about the missing money.
A new year is a time for new beginnings, but unfortunately, it is also a new year for fraudsters to ramp up their cybercrime acts and commit online scams. Senior officials from top scam detection and cybersecurity agencies in Canada have banded together to warn Canadians about an impending rise in online scams especially for the first part of 2021.