RCMP Crack Down on ‘Money Mules’ Aiding Investment Fraud in B.C.

A specialized unit of the RCMP is taking action to protect residents of British Columbia from falling victim to overseas investment scams. The focus of their efforts is on individuals who assist fraudsters in transferring illegally obtained funds.

The Integrated Market Enforcement Team of the RCMP, in collaboration with the B.C. Securities Commission, recently delivered warning letters to 10 suspected “money mules” on May 29. These individuals were notified that they are believed to be involved in the transfer of criminal funds on behalf of fraudsters.

Money mules play a crucial role in the operations of criminals by receiving and moving illicit funds, making it difficult to trace the money back to its illegal origins. While some money mules are aware of their actions and receive a share of the profits, others may be deceived into believing they are helping out a friend or performing a legitimate task.

The RCMP emphasized that individuals should be cautious of requests to process payments, transfer funds, or re-ship products on behalf of unknown parties, as these activities may be linked to investment fraud schemes. Those who engage in such activities could face criminal charges for possession or laundering of proceeds of crime, as well as regulatory penalties.

To avoid becoming unwittingly involved as a money mule, the RCMP advises the public to refrain from moving money on behalf of individuals they have not met in person, and to be wary of unsolicited offers promising easy money through quick tasks. Additionally, individuals should be cautious if their employer asks them to receive money and perform financial transactions as part of their job.

Anyone who suspects they have been used as a money mule is urged to contact their financial institution immediately and report the incident to the B.C. Securities Commission or the RCMP.

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