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Public Safety Alert,
Fraud/Extortion Scam targeting Mandarin-Speaking Residents

Broadcast time: 21:00
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Financial Crimes

The Toronto Strategic Partnership would like to make the public aware of a fraudulent scheme targeting Mandarin-speaking Canadian residents.

It is reported:

- unknown individuals fraudulently pose as Chinese authorities and law enforcement officials and contact victims in the Toronto area

- the unknown individuals communicate with the victims by phone and instant messaging

- the unknown individuals accuse the victims of money laundering and threaten to arrest and/or seize their assets

- the victims protest their innocence and the unknown individuals demand to "examine" the victim's funds for money laundering indicators

- the victims send money via cash and wire transfer to the unknown individuals, believing the so-called examinations of cash and/or transaction records will corroborate their innocence

- the unknown individuals never return the victims' money

The Toronto Strategic Partnership is warning the public and specifically Mandarin-speaking residents to be wary of this fraudulent scheme. The police will never ask witnesses and/or suspects to send money transfers for examination. We are requesting anyone who receives this type of call or solicitation to contact police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

The Toronto Strategic Partnership is a multi-law enforcement agency, formed in response to ever increasing cross border fraudulent mass marketing schemes. The Partnership consists of, the Competition Bureau of Canada, Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services, Ontario Ministry of Revenue, Toronto Police Service Financial Crimes Unit, Ontario Provincial Police Anti-Rackets Branch, The Canadian Anti-fraud Centre, RCMP-GTA Commercial Crime Section, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the U.K. Office of Fair Trading.

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Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Ian Nichol, Financial Crimes