Nova Scotia man racks up nearly $7,000 in fraudulent cannabis charges

The man used a number of credit cards under different names to buy buds, but all orders were shipped to the same address

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A Nova Scotia fraudster allegedly used several different credit cards to purchase approximately $7,000 worth of mail-order cannabis products from the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC).

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The NSLC is the Crown corporation that controls alcohol and cannabis sales in the province.

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An NSLC loss prevention officer reported the transactions, which resulted in 25 reversed credit card payments, to Halifax Regional Police who in turn launched an investigation, reports SaltFil.

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

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In total, the fraudulent purchases resulted in chargebacks or chargebacks for NSLC totaling $6,8282.14. Police were able to locate the man at the address listed on the purchases.

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The man is believed to be well known to police for his past criminal activities, including counterfeiting and possession of property obtained by crime.

The 27-year-old is currently serving a suspended sentence following a charge of stealing over $5,000. He is due back in court next month on the new charges, which include possession of property obtained by crime and fraudulent use of another person’s credit card.

SaltFil reports that investigators are looking for information about the man’s past employment to determine if the fraudster credit card data was obtained from his workplaces.

Earlier this summer, an international student in Toronto took to social media to share that her speed and credit cards were stolen and used to purchase cannabisamong other elements.

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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 allegedly used the stolen cards to buy a hoodie and a THC vape pen.

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

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