On Tuesday, October 25, 2011, police arrested a woman in connection with a fraud investigation.
It is alleged that:
– between March 2011 and September 2011, the accused attended several financial institutions throughout Toronto, Halton, York and Peel Region
– the accused was in possession of counterfeit identification, which identified her as a legitimate account holder
– the accused impersonated account holders and was successful in obtaining replacement debit cards, giving her full access to accounts
– the accused emptied the accounts of funds which totaled thousands of dollars
– legitimate account holders replied to a phishing email in which they provided personal information, including passwords, personal identification numbers, SINs, and driver licence numbers to unsolicited emails from the fraudsters under the guise of legitimate businesses
Vanessa Farrell, 21, of Oakville, has been charged with:
1) 22 counts of Identity Fraud
2) 18 counts of Fraud Over
3) 4 counts of Fraud Under
4) 22 counts of Possession of Proceeds of Crime
5) 22 counts of Expose Counterfeit Mark
The accused is scheduled to appear in court at 1000 Finch Avenue West, on Friday, November 18, 2011.
Police believe there may be more victims.
Police want to remind the public that financial institutions do not send unsolicited emails asking for confidential and personal information.
Do not send any personal and confidential information in response to unsolicited emails.