Scarborough man faces charges in North Bay fraud

North Bay Nugget

A Scarborough man has been charged with fraud following a false lottery investigation by North Bay police.

Justin Leano, 23, faces one count of fraud and one count of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.

Police said the victim received an e-mail indicating his cell number had been randomly selected and he had won the $320,000 Wild Card Game Lottery.

The victim received a $4000 cheque and instructions on cashing the cheque and transferring a monetary fee to release his winnings.

The cheque was later determined to be fraudulent and the victim suffered the loss of the money he had transferred.

The accused was arrested Monday. He has been released from custody and will appear in the North Bay Courthouse Sept. 17.

North Bay Police remind members of the public that if you are a victim;

· Gather all information including documents, receipts, copies of emails and/or text messages.

· Report the incident to the police. Keep notes of all calls and document your file or occurrence numbers.

· Contact the Canadian Anti‐Fraud Centre toll free at 1‐888‐495‐8501

· Report the incident to the Financial Institution where the money was sent, such as a money service business like Western Union or MoneyGram, bank or credit union, credit card company or Internet Payment Service Provider).

· If the fraud took place online through Facebook, eBay, a classified ad such as Kijiji or a dating website, report the incident directly to the website. This is often found under Report Abuse or Report an Ad.

· Victims of Identity Fraud should place flags on all their accounts and report to both credit bureaus, Equifax and TransUnion.

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