Montérégie | Online scam network targeted by SQ, five arrests

On Thursday, S dureté du Québec (SQ) investigators arrested five people, including two young men in their twenties, a woman and three minors, suspected of fraudulently with people due to financial vulnerabilities on the Internet.

Henri Wellette-Vezina

Henri Wellette-Vezina
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The five people were arrested after a search was carried out of an apartment in McDonald Street, Acton Vale, Monterey. The authorities said the operation “made it possible, inter alia, to seize weapons, drugs, and items that constitute evidence of fraud.”

Among the detained suspects on Thursday in the courthouse of Saint-Hyacinth was supposed to appear a teenager in connection with “crimes related to firearms.” The rest of the participants will appear “later.”

According to SQ, the suspects “posted ads on social media to challenge people in financial vulnerability.” “The latter then agreed to disclose information that allows access to their bank accounts, believing that in this way they can receive fees or interest on investments in cryptocurrency,” – said in the preliminary report.

The victims of this scheme “then realized that fraudulent transactions were made with the accounts to which they provided access.”

At the moment, investigators have been told about more than ten victims who are located in different regions of Quebec. However, the latter do not exclude that several more people became the target of the operation.

It was police officers from MRC SQ Acton, along with the Economic Crime Investigation Service (SECE), who searched and made arrests on Thursday. In total, more than fifteen police officers were mobilized, as well as a dog handler. The Granby Police Department was also called in to cooperate this morning.

The police also remind in a press release that “the best way to protect yourself from this type of fraud is to never divulge personal information or provide access to bank accounts.”

“Anyone who believes they have been the victim of a fraud is encouraged to report it immediately to their police department,” he recalls in passing, inviting citizens to report any relevant information about criminal or fraudulent activity to the Central Criminal Information Center from Sûreté du Québec, according to phone 1-800-659-4264.

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