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Nova Scotia man racks up nearly $7K in fraudulent cannabis charges

Oct 27, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Man used a number of credit cards under different names to buy bud but all the orders shipped to the same address

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A Nova Scotia fraudster allegedly used a number of different credit cards to purchase about $7K worth of mail-order cannabis products from the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC).

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The NSLC is the Crown corp that controls the province’s alcohol and cannabis sales.

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A NSLC loss prevention officer reported the transactions, which led to 25 credit card payment reversals, to Halifax Regional Police who in turn opened an investigation, reports SaltWire.

While the man used a collection of credit cards under different names, all the orders contained the same billing and shipping information.

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In total, the fraudulent purchases led to chargebacks, or payment reversals, for the NSLC totalling $6,8282.14. Police were able to locate the man at the address listed on the purchases.

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The man is reportedly well known to police for past criminal activities, including forgery and possession of property obtained by crime.

The 27-year-old is currently serving a conditiona sentence order stemming from a thief over $5,000 charge. He is due back in court next month on the new charges, which include possession of property obtained by crime and fraudulently using another person’s credit card.

SaltWire reports that investigators are seeking the man’s past employment information to determine if the fraudulent credit card data was obtained from his places of work. 

Earlier this summer, an international student in Toronto took to social media to share that her debit and credit cards were stolen and used to purchase cannabis, among other items.

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The student said she dropped her wallet at a Toyko Smoke dispensary in Toronto and woke up the next day to fraud detection alerts from her banks. When she returned to the store, she viewed footage of the alleged thief, who reportedly used the stolen cards to purchase a hoodie and THC vape pen.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada recommends using cash to purchase cannabis if you’re concerned about using credit cards. Additionally, the Commissioner recommends asking cannabis retailers whether they store your personal information on servers outside of Canada.

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