Newspaper article The Canadian Press

2 Toronto Residents Face 18 Forgery Charges in 'Secret Shopper' Fraud Probe

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

2 Toronto Residents Face 18 Forgery Charges in 'Secret Shopper' Fraud Probe

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2 charged with forgery in fraud investigation

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LONDON, Ont. - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Toronto police say two Toronto residents are facing a total of 18 forgery charges arising from a nine-month investigation into what investigators are calling a "sophisticated mass-market text fraud."

The investigation began in January when the RCMP was alerted by HCM Staffing Solutions that forged cheques bearing their company logo were being deposited by alleged victims in a so-called secret shopper fraud.

Police say they seized equipment capable of sending out 96,000 texts per day to random Canadians, allegedly in an attempt to victimize them, from a west-end Toronto apartment.

Investigators called the apartment a one-stop shop for sending text solicitations and forging cheques that appeared to be from reputable businesses. …

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