Police & Fire

Edmundston police investigate illegal gifting circles

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick — The Edmundston Police Force confirmed on Feb. 12 that it is currently investigating various “gifting circles” that are known to exist in the community.

Inspector Steve Robinson said via a press release Wednesday that police are asking anyone with information about these fraudulent gifting circles, or pyramid schemes, to contact the force.

An investigative report on this type of fraud was broadcast on Radio-Canada’s La facture (in French) on Tuesday, Feb. 11, since the presence of these gifting circles was detected all over the country. As explained in the report, this is an illegal practice in Canada and people involved in such activities are liable of criminal prosecution.

This type of fraud always ends up with victims, often more vulnerable people who are lured by the possibility of easy money and ignore the inevitable risk of significant monetary loss and criminal prosecution, Robinson said in the press release.

Robinson said the Edmundston Police Force urges the public not to become involved in such fraudulent activities. 

To register a complaint, or for more information, contact the Edmundston Police Force at 506-739-2100, or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

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