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Pandemic Continues To Fuel White-Collar Crime

As pandemic-driven economic instability continues to place a strain on people’s pockets, there are those turning to a life of white-collar crime to make a quick buck.

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As pandemic-driven economic instability continues to place a strain on people’s pockets, there are those turning to a life of white-collar crime to make a quick buck.

 



It’s a trend that continued this year, according to the head of the Financial Crimes Investigations Branch Chief Superintendent Matthew Edgecombe.

Jasmin Brown reports.

While fraud is nothing new, the number of get rich quick scams continues to climb as the pandemic heads into its second year.

With more people out of work and desperately in need of funds, he says many people are easier prey than ever for being defrauded.

From counterfeit cash to romance scams to fake marriages to car sale scams, fake checks and employee theft, Edgecombe says fraudsters were still very much at it in 2021.

And it’s not just local scammers targeting unsuspecting residents.

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