Canada: Buying illicit cannabis online runs risks of identity theft, Edmonton police warn

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Interesting report from Mugglehead. Not an issue in the old cash economy! Edmonton police are warning consumers who buy cannabis from illicit sellers online that there’s a risk of identity theft and fraud. In a statement issued Tuesday, officers say ongoing investigations have found that Edmonton-area “organized crime networks” are running illicit cannabis sales online, and requiring buyers to submit sensitive personal information to verify their identity. Police say that in 2021, 15 people involved in organized crime networks have been arrested for violating the Cannabis Act and the Controlled Drug and Substances Act, as well as some weapons-related charges. Hundreds of text messages with pictures of customer IDs were found during arrests, according to police. “Some of the individuals arrested also had recent criminal charges or convictions for identity theft, break and enter, fraud under $5,000, credit card fraud and possession of stolen property,” reads the police statement. Read More  https://mugglehead.com/buying-illicit-cannabis-online-runs-risks-of-identity-theft-edmonton-police-warn/   POLICE STATEMENT Police warn of identity theft and fraud risk in online cannabis sales For Immediate Release: 09-Nov-2021 @ 1:32 PM MRU #: 21R091 Police are noticing a concerning trend of personal information gathering by illicit cannabis sellers. Ongoing Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement (EDGE) Unit investigations into Edmonton-area organized crime networks revealed that not only are these crime networks running illicit online cannabis ordering operations, but they are also requiring prospective buyers to submit sensitive personal information in order to verify their identity. In most transactions, the sellers request photographs of the prospective buyer’s government ID, a photo of the buyer holding that ID, and another piece of documentation such as a utility bill, which contains the buyer’s address. Buyers are not aware that their personal information is often distributed through criminal networks, placing them at high risk of identity theft and fraud. In 2021, 15 individuals involved in organized crime networks have…

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