Phone scam investigation leads to the arrest of an individual in Canada on a work visa

Megan Trudeau | September 21, 2019 in Provincial

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The RCMP arrested an individual involved in fraudulent telephone scams, targeting victims across Canada. 

Police said these scams are believed to be originating from illegal India call centres. Charges will be recommended against the individual, who is in Canada on a work visa. 

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“The RCMP remains committed to hunting down scam artists from coast to coast, using top-notch investigators and partnerships with other agencies to get the job done,” said Insp. Farahbakchian. 

“It is however more important that Canadians know to protect themselves by recognizing, rejecting and reporting scams before they fall victim to them.”

The investigation was led by the Federal Serious and Organized Crime (FSOC) section in British Columbia and GTA-Financial Crime Section from Ontario, as well as the Burnaby RCMP Detachment.

The investigation revealed that a group of individuals operated money service businesses in the Lower Mainland which were believed to be used to launder the illegally obtained funds. 

Investigators are working closely with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), regarding the individual’s admissibility in Canada.

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