Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

December 19, 2006 16:15 ET

PSEPC: Another Blow to Organized Crime as a Major Telemarketing Fraud Scam is Uncovered

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 19, 2006) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, issued the following statement to commend the officers involved in a cooperative policing operation that has uncovered and dismantled an alleged international organized crime ring involved in telemarketing fraud that includes a lottery scam targeting senior citizens.

The Centre of Operations Linked to Telemarketing fraud (COLT), involving nearly 200 enforcement officers on both sides of the border, has spent several months investigating these scams. As a result of today's operation, a telemarketing lottery scam that targeted senior citizens and a mass telemarketing scam that used various schemes to deceive citizens have been dismantled. It is alleged that this particular organization has victimized 500 individuals a week and has grossed between $8 and $13 million annually.

"Telemarketing fraud knows no borders, which is why Canada and the U.S. policing agencies work together to counteract this threat. This particular lottery scam, carried out by faceless criminals who get other people to do their dirty work for them, has targeted some of our most vulnerable citizens - seniors. They have also deceived and defrauded other honest citizens through various different schemes. In all good conscience Canada's New Government cannot and will not allow these crimes to continue. This is why we have made tackling crime a government priority and why we are cracking down on telemarketing fraud.

I would like to thank the RCMP, municipal and provincial police services, the Competition Bureau of Canada and our colleagues on the U.S. side of the border for putting an end to these criminal activities."

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    613-991-2863