Police charge man involved in mass marketing fraud

    TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Greater Toronto
Area Commercial Crime Section have charged:

    Henry Afekowa OSHINGBEME, age 39 of Brampton, Ontario.

    with four counts of fraud over $5,000. contrary to Section 380 (1) of the
    Criminal Code.

    Police allege Henry OSHINGBEME was involved in a scheme where victims
residing in the United States were contacted through the internet and told
they had won $1,000,000.00 Euros. The victims were then told they had to pay
various advanced fees before their lottery winnings could be released. Despite
payment of fees, victims never received any of the lottery money they had
supposedly won. The advance fee scheme relied on the use of fictitious
internet banks, financial institutions, businesses and identities.
    "The request for advance fees for lottery winnings is commonly used by
fraudsters to obtain money from victims," stated Inspector Brian Verheul,
Officer in Charge of the RCMP GTA Commercial Crime Section. "The public should
be aware and skeptical of promises of lottery winnings made through the
internet. Legitimate lottery winnings require participation in the lottery and
never require the payment of a fee to collect winnings."
    The RCMP initiated Project "SWEEP" in an effort to intercept and seize
counterfeit financial instruments. Our investigation is aligned with this
national initiative formulated to combat mass marketing fraud. This particular
investigation will form part of an international media event slated for early

For further information:

For further information: Sgt. Michele Paradis, RCMP Corporate
Communications and Media Relations, (416) 715-2375 pager, (416) 992-4409

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