Mass marketing fraud activity resulted in over $2.6 million in losses to 451 victims in Ontario, and over $4.1 million Canada wide during January 2015. In Ontario, the top three mass marketing fraud pitch types were the offering of a prize, as service or a job.
Romance frauds continue to be a severe financial issue with Canadians, resulting in over $13.7 million in financial losses in 2014.
Romance frauds typically involve the use of dating sites and social media, where the excuse of distance is used to lure potential victims into sending money for various reasons (ie to meet the victim, ask for money due to family emergency).
This tends to be a long term fraud, with displays of affection, and in some cases, gifts, that are intended to increase trust levels between the victim and the suspect so that money is sent freely.
If you or someone you know is, or may have been a victim of fraud, call your local Police Service for assistance.
Click on the link for the report: Mass Marketing Fraud Activities - January 2015
Courtesy of: Canadian AntiFraud Centre C Ontario Monthly Statistical Report
Anyone with information about Police investigations is encouraged to contact the
Cobourg Police Service at 905 - 372 - 6821.
Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at
1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at http://stopcrimehere.ca
Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000.