Warning to Canadian Seniors Targeted by International Drug Smuggling Scams

What to do

If you are a victim or believe you have been targeted by one of these criminal organizations, report the incident to your local law enforcement and contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre toll free at 1-888-495-8501 or through the Fraud Reporting System (FRS).

You can also contact the Canada Border Watch Tip line:
Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM EST
Border Watch Line

For more information on how to protect yourself, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

Drug trafficking organizations are targeting Canadian seniors through the use of various financial scams to act as unwitting drug couriers.

These foreign drug trafficking organizations prey on seniors with promises of romance, large sums of money or business opportunities with travel and expenses paid. It’s a scam. They use phishing email messages, websites, mail and phone calls to trick unsuspecting senior citizens into unwittingly transporting illegal narcotics.

Awareness is your best defence. Be suspicious of any unsolicited emails, letters or phone calls for travel or money-making opportunities that sound too good to be true. If you are unfamiliar with the person or group contacting you or if you have any doubts, you should carefully research available information before conducting a transaction, agreeing to travel or giving any personal details such as passport information.

The scam operates as follow:

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