Halifax Regional Police is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying two men who fraudulently obtained payday loans in Halifax.
Between March 25 and April 2, two unidentified suspects attended a number of local payday loan lenders and obtained loans by using fraudulent identification cards and forged documents. The fraudsters are suspected to have used the same scam at a number of businesses in Ontario. The suspects were captured on video at most of the businesses.
Anyone with information on these crimes or the identities of the suspects is asked to contact police at 902-490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip – Tip 202 + your message to 274637
Identity theft is a reality and has become more common with advancements in technology. It involves the unauthorized collection and use of personal data, usually for criminal purposes. Essentially, criminals can use your personal information – your name, date of birth, address, social insurance number, credit card information and other banking details – to create a false identity to open bank accounts, secure credit, obtain utilities and services, rent vehicles, equipment or accommodations and even get a job. To learn how to protect yourself, visit http://www.halifax.ca/Police/Programs/fraudprevention.php