Bank client scammed of $87K inheritance: Police

Bank client scammed of $87K inheritance: Police

Bank client scammed of $87K inheritance: Police

Taylor’s bank statements read two outgoing wire transfers in September 2012; the first approved for $47,500 and the other for $40,000, four days later.

The RCMP – who consider Taylor a victim of electronic fraud – say another Canadian fraud victim from Calgary – who told the CBC she did not want to be identified – said she was in contact with the imposter through an online dating service. The scammer wired her the money, claiming it was his, which she then wired onto Malaysia, according to police, and reported by CBC's Go Public.

What has infuriated Taylor even more, he says, is BMO’s resistance to take responsibility and pay him back the money lost. Taylor says he has gone through months of negotiating with BMO lawyers and managers. “I think [BMO was] just trying to wear me out, hoping I would just fade away … or die,” he told CBC.

Taylor – who has also been battling cancer – is convinced the scam is the work of an inside job, perhaps linked to overseas contractors, who have access to customer information.

The RCMP investigation continues.

What do you think of this case, and who is responsible for this client's loss of investments? Tell WP your thought's in the comment box below.

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  • MW Schultz 2014-03-03 12:56:33 PM
    This is exactly where the KYC fails. Accounts which are not actively managed by an account manager usually go into "inventory" where the financial institution benefits from not paying fees to internal financial advisers. The real problem arises when clients, who expect at least adequate service, are left to the devices of the "customer service" division, usually via 1-800 and three or four sub-menus. Clearly these customer service people have no idea who the client is and are easily tricked when something as seemingly simple as a fax comes in, directing staff to wire money. A previous fax authorization, electronic signature and account number are all that is required.

    I hope this case motivates CDN financial institutions to assign each and every account to an adviser and pay these people for the work involved in maintaining a proper business relationship - one that will easily prevent this sort of "inattention fraud".
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  • Lynda Weinrib 2014-03-03 12:56:56 PM
    Perhaps this could have been avoided if this man had used an independent advisor who knew him personally - and who would have been automatically concerned about receiving a California area code to phone a client in Texas.....
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  • Bob T 2014-03-03 2:37:38 PM
    The firms I am familiar with are all aware of the risks involved in todays world from con men and fraudsters. There is a solution.

    As indicated below we need to know our clients and communicate directly with them when confronted with a request for funds. You need to call them at the number you have on file and if given another number the client needs to prove their identity.

    Clients also need to take responsibility for ensuring that they follow their accounts. A client living in the US with an account in Canada is a disaster waiting to happen. Many firms are not going to even allow an account to be opened for a US resident due to compliance issues.

    Although I appreciate what MW Shultz says I doubt that any financial institution could afford to pay an advisor to attend to an $87,000 savings account. Given the US residency the client could not purchase mutual funds, would not be able to open a brokerage account and would be better off being advised to move his assets to Texas.
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