Multi-jurisdictional Publisher Clearing House Scam has lead to the arrest of a 27-year-old man

Coquitlam

2021-02-15 08:23 PST

File # 2019-33691

Joel Kibangula a 27-year-old Burnaby resident has been charged with four counts of fraud over $5000 for a Publisher Clearing House Scam that crossed over multiple jurisdictions.

Coquitlam RCMP received a complaint on November 4, 2019 from one of four victims in a multi-jurisdictional Publisher Clearing House Scam. Coquitlam’s Economic Crime Unit immediately took conduct of the file, and after a thorough investigation, including authorizations, police seized multiple cell phones, a laptop and over $20,000 in cash.

Scammers target citizens with high-pressure scare tactics, says Constable Deanna Law with Coquitlam RCMP. We need to educate our community in order to stop these crimes. The best defence is to hang up, talk to a trusted friend and verify, says Constable Deanna Law.

Here are some common scams used by fraudsters:

For more information on evolving scams, or to report any type of fraudulent activity, call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

Police are available 24-7 to take your call. If you are unsure about a call or email that, you have received or have lost money to a scam, call your local police. The Coquitlam RCMP non-emergency number is 604-945-1550.

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Cst. Deanna Law
Media Relations Officer
Coquitlam RCMP
604-945-1580
 

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