CHARGES have been laid in relation to a multi-jurisdictional fraud investigation that involved numerous victims and hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of fraudulent credit card transactions.
This investigation by the Surrey RCMP Economic Crimes Unit was initiated on June 28, 2017. Surrey RCMP received a report from a local business that they believed their customers’ credit card data had been compromised. Some of the information that was received indicated that multiple fraudulent credit card transactions had been made using stolen data from multiple credit cards. Numerous victims were impacted.
As the investigation progressed, the incidents of fraud in Surrey were connected to similar incidents in Richmond, where further transactions were completed using compromised credit card data. In total, more $458,000 in fraudulent credit card transactions were completed in Surrey and Richmond.
On March 26, 2020, 31-year-old Gagandeep Dhillon, from Surrey was charged with 28 counts of fraud-related offences.
“This was a complex file given the volume of transactions and data which had to be investigated,” said Inspector Beth McAndie of the Surrey RCMP. “Dealing with multiple transactions in different jurisdictions, also increased the complexity. We are very pleased to be bringing this investigation to the next step and entering the court process.”
If you have been the victim of credit card fraud Surrey RCMP is recommending you do the following:
· Contact your bank or credit card companies to inform them
· Contact credit bureaus and have fraud alerts placed on your credit reports
· Notify police and record your police file number
· Report to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online or 1-888-495-8501
For more information on frauds and scams, visit the Surrey RCMP Website.