VAUGHAN, ON. : Prince Imalenowa charged in fraud scheme
- 3:40 pm, December 10th, 2014
Canada Post investigators alerted police that mail was going to a post office box instead of the intended recipients. Police believe a significant portion of the diverted mail contained credit cards.
York Regional Police and Canada Post said they were able to determine who was receiving the mail and executed a search warrant on Dec. 3 at a home in Vaughan, Ont., north of Toronto.
Police found cash, gift cards, pre-paid credit cards and fraudulently obtained goods.
“The credit card companies are taking the losses, but the hardship for these people will be getting their credit rating repaired,” Const. Andy Pattenden said.
“Police would like to remind people as we approach the holiday season to take extra care to check your credit card statements and make sure all the purchases are correct,” Pattenden said.
“Keeping informed on what is on your credit report and credit score can help spot early signs of identity theft.”
Free services such as Equifax and TransUnion can track a person’s credit report, he said.
Pattenden also cautioned people about buying online discounted gift cards.
“If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is,” Pattenden said.
Prince Imalenowa, 35, of Vaughan has been charged with redirect mail, defraud the public under $5,000 and fraud over $5,000.