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The most outlandish recent shams and scams

A round-up of frauds, including a New Delhi call centre scheme and a finance director who defrauded the charity that employed her 

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Welcome to Las Vegas signAn employee from St. Bonaventure’s College in St. John’s used small e-transfers to pilfer money, which she spent on luxury goods and vacations to Las Vegas and Disney (iStock)


Amount that the finance director at a non-profit for people with disabilities stole from the organization over a period of three and a half years. She used the funds to buy a Lincoln SUV and bankroll a trip to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

SIM swap

Name of a new scam in which fraudsters collect personal information from the web to impersonate you, call your mobile phone provider to report a lost phone, and then request to link your number to a new SIM card, granting them access to your contacts, calendar, online bank accounts and other information. In November, an Oakville, Ont., nurse’s credit card was charged nearly $10,000 after she was “SIM swapped.”


Number of companies, including a vehicle dealership and an audio equipment business, that a Sudbury, Ont., bookkeeper defrauded of more than $80,000 in 2016 and 2017. She was arrested while working for the third company in 2019.


Number of people arrested in a raid on a call centre in New Delhi in November. Indian police allege the suspects called Canadians from the centre, posing as government officials and demanding they share their social insurance numbers.


Amount that an employee pilfered from St. Bonaventure’s College, an independent school in St. John’s, through hundreds of small e-transfers over several years. She used the money to buy luxury goods and fund Las Vegas and Disney vacations.


According to CPA Canada’s 2020 Annual Fraud Survey, 34 of Canadians have personally experienced fraud. Learn how to take action by downloading Protecting you and your money: A guide to avoiding identity theft and fraud.