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Financial Crimes Unit is the oldest Investigative Squad in the Toronto Police Service, having been established in 1952. The officers and civilian staff assigned to the Financial Crimes Unit come from many diverse policing backgrounds. They are extremely dedicated and knowledgeable. Every fraud investigation is done with dignity, diligence and professionalism. Most incidents of fraud reported to the Toronto Police Service are investigated by designated fraud officers assigned to each police station across the city. Toronto citizens who wish to report a fraud are invited to attend any Toronto Police station, or contact the main Toronto Police switchboard at 416-808-2222 and request an officer to attend your location. Mandates by section Asset Forfeiture Unit Identify assets obtained by individuals through criminal activity and seek the restraint, seizure and forfeiture of those assets. The Asset Forfeiture Unit shall: Assume responsibility and carriage of proceeds of crime and money laundering investigations. Review all incoming information from the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) and provide the appropriate response where required. Establish and maintain partnerships with other law enforcement and government agencies, financial institutions and other specialized resource areas that may assist with proceeds of crime and money laundering investigations. Provide training for other members of the Service at various levels where required. Monitor and provide support to members who have investigations where there is a proceeds of crime component. Provide expertise in proceeds of crime investigations. Assist other law enforcement agencies in conducting investigations within Toronto. Ensure all field units are advised of the capabilities and the potential investigative assistance that the Proceeds of Crime Unit can provide to ensure a complete and successful criminal investigation. Corporate Crimes Unit Corporate Fraud Investigators have the responsibilities of leading multi jurisdictional investigations of major economic fraud involving stock market & securities violations, real estate fraud, insurance and investment fraud and public frauds involving large numbers of victims. Organized Crime Unit Responsibilities of the Organized Crime Section include: the commencement or coordination of investigations into organized crime, or multi jurisdictional fraud occurrences involving the manufacturing, forgery, and distribution of payment cards, currency, cheques and other valuable instruments. major fraud investigations involving organized fraudulent marketing schemes including a variety of cash or prize winnings, advance fee loans, cheque cashing schemes, and other similar scams targeting the general public originating within the Metropolitan Toronto boundaries.
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#Fraudchat: Door-to-Door Sales Thursday, May 1, 2014, 9 p.m. During the spring, police receive many complaints about high-pressure door-to-door sales for services such as driveway paving and lawn care services. Tonight at 9 p.m., Consumer Protection Ontario will participate in #fraudchat and will answer questions on consumers’ rights when dealing with door-to-door salespeople. Consumer Protection Ontario is an awareness program from Ontario’s Ministry of Consumer Services. It offers information on consumer rights and public safety. Members of the public can follow Consumer Protection Ontario on Twitter at @ontarioconsumer and can find information about consumer protection topics on the Consumer Protection Ontario website and Facebook page. To follow #fraudchat, members of the public simply need to log on to Twitter from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Thursday nights and follow the #Fraudchat hashtag. An application such as Tweetdeck, which allows users to separately view tweets containing this hashtag, is also helpful in following the chat. About #Fraudchat #Fraudchat is a weekly Twitter chat that takes place every Thursday from 9 p.m., to 10 p.m., on Twitter. Launched in November 2012, this program seeks to educate and exchange ideas with the public about financial crimes and fraud. The moderators for this program are Detective Gail Regan and Detective Natalie Hegarty of the Financial Crimes Unit and Kristen Rose, Senior Communications Officer at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. Transcripts of all chats can be viewed on the #fraudchat Storify channel. Media Inquiries For information about home renovation scams and door-to-door sales, please contact the Financial Crimes Unit at 416-808-7300 or Sandra Bento, spokesperson for the Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services, at 416-327-9708. For general information about #fraudchat, please contact the Financial Crimes Unit at 416-808-7300 or Kristen Rose, Senior Communications Officer at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, at 416-226-7803.