Fraud Arrest: Impersonating Police for iTunes Gift Cards

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(TORONTO, ON) – The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an arrest made in a fraud investigation.

Officers from the Toronto Police Service Financial Crimes Unit – Organized Crime Section conducted an investigation into a telephone scam.

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It is alleged that:

  • a man impersonated an investigator with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and informed his victims that they were assisting the RCMP with an investigation.
  • the man made demands to his victims to withdraw large sums of money and purchase various gift cards to various retailers.
  • the victims would then be instructed to provide the gift card information to the man over the telephone

On Tuesday, January 28, 2020, officers from the Toronto Police Service Financial Crimes Unit – Organized Crime Section, with the assistance of the Hamilton Police Service, executed a search warrant at a residence in Hamilton, Ontario.

Officers located and arrested Emre Suna, 26, of Hamilton.

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He is charged with the following:

  • three counts of Fraud Over $5000.
  • three counts of Possession of Proceeds Obtained by Crime Over $5000.

He is scheduled to appear at Hamilton (John Sopinka) Courthouse, 45 Main Street Eat, Hamilton, on Thursday, February 27, 2020.

Police believe there may be more victims who have been defrauded.

Police want to remind the public to use caution when dealing with strangers by telephone, or the internet, who request funds be sent by cash, wire transfer, or gift card, as it is a common tool used by fraudsters. Police agencies will never request cash, wire transfer, or gift cards to be sent to assist in investigations. Report such activity immediately to police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes or Google Play.

Source: TPS

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