The quartet claimed victims in the boroughs of LaSalle, Verdun and Sud-Ouest.
Four alleged criminals who are believed to be linked to a hundred frauds committed against seniors who live in southwestern Montreal were arrested on Thursday by officers from the Economic Crimes Section of the Montreal Police Department. the City of Montreal (SPVM).
The SPVM reports that three of the apprehended suspects have already appeared at the Montreal courthouse to face various charges of fraud and failure to comply with the terms of an undertaking.
These are twins Carl-René and Carl-Henri Moody, 20 years old, and Jonathan Gresseau, who is 30 years old. All three individuals will remain in custody awaiting trial.
A fourth suspect, aged 21, has been released on a promise to appear.
The police claim that these alleged bandits committed fraud of the false representative type in the boroughs of LaSalle, Verdun and Sud-Ouest. Such frauds made other victims earlier this year, in Anjou, Montreal-North and Saint-Léonard. They led to other arrests by the SPVM.
The bandits' scheme is first to pose as employees of financial institutions in calling a vulnerable senior. They made him believe that there had been a fraudulent transaction on his bank card.
The fraudster told the victim to put his bank card in an envelope and a “postman” would pick it up to bring it back to the financial institution.
The false representative insistently told the victim that it was urgent to act to correct the situation and asked him to provide his number personal identification number (PIN).
The fraudster then instructed the victim to insert their bank card inside an envelope and that a postman would pick up the envelope to bring it back to the financial institution.
A uniformed accomplice would then take over and quickly report to the residence of the victim to retrieve the envelope and flee to the purpose of stealing money.