Eight suspects, ages 19 and 21, have just been arrested by Montreal police in connection with a hundred senior citizen fraud cases in northeast Montreal. The authorities are once again calling on the public to be vigilant at a time when this type of crime is on the rise.
Posted at 2:02 p.m
On June 16, the group of suspects were arrested by police after several weeks of police investigations. They also conducted searches of two homes in Bois-des-Filion and Terrebonne and eight vehicles.
During those searches, Montreal investigators “seized cell phones, bank cards, transaction records, uniforms and an air pistol,” the SPVM said in a statement.
However, all suspects were released with a promise to appear at the Montreal courthouse next September. Your identity cannot be revealed until this date. You should then face multiple charges related to fraud and theft. However, we do know that the scams were mainly committed in the Anjou, Montreal-North and Saint-Léonard counties, often in old people’s homes.
It seems to have been established that the suspects mainly engaged in fraud of the ‘false representative’ type known to the authorities. First, a prime suspect calls a manager and claims to be an employee of a bank or other financial institution. An application allows fraudsters to show a company’s name directly on the display.
Once contacted, the suspect informs the victim of the existence of a “fraudulent transaction” on their bank card and insists on “the urgency to act” to rectify the situation. The victim is then asked to provide their personal identification number (PIN) and place their card in an envelope, with a note saying that a “postman” will pick it up. This second man is actually an accomplice; He hurries to retrieve the envelope before escaping, card and PIN in hand.
“In each file, the scammers rushed to withdraw from the ATM or make various purchases with the stolen cards,” the investigators note.
To protect themselves, the police first suggest “never trust” the information on the phone’s display or assume that the source given is the right one. Citizens are also asked not to give any personal information on the phone.
“Financial institutions never require their customers to issue bank cards or give anyone their PIN. Never give in to pressure. Always consult a trusted family member or loved one to validate the information received,” the SPVM says, inviting citizens to contact their local police station if necessary.
- Canadian Fraud Control Center: 1-888-495-8501
- Info-Crime Montreal: 514 393-1133
- call 911