Georgetown man charged with fraud-related offences
Published May 26, 2021 at 10:18 am
After an extensive investigation, the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) – Regional Fraud Unit has charged a man from Georgetown with several fraud-related offences.
Police say in February of 2021, investigators identified a suspect in various fraudulent credit card applications where personal information from several Halton residents was used.
According to police, it is alleged that the individual compromised various Canada Post community mailboxes in both Georgetown and northwest Mississauga and stole personal mail items.
Police say this information was then used to fraudulently apply for different financial services through banks and other lenders.
On April 28, 2021, the accused was arrested and a search warrant was executed at his Georgetown residence, according to police.
Police say a significant amount of evidence was discovered.
Roberto Altomare, a 53-year-old from Georgetown has been charged with fraud over $5000 (2 counts), unauthorized use of credit card data (2 counts) and theft from mail.
Investigators believe there may be additional victims that will later be identified through cooperation with other police services and financial institutions.
Residents of the area codes beginning with “L7G” (Georgetown) and “L5N” (northwest Mississauga) are being alerted that mail belonging to their residences may have been compromised as a result of a Canada Post mailbox breach.
Police say personal information may be at risk.
Some indicators that you may have been affected, include missing items of mail, receiving unsolicited mail from financial institutions pertaining to credit cards or lines of credit opened in your name.
If you believe that your personal information has been compromised, police say to consider the following.
Residents may contact one of the consumer credit reporting agencies listed below and request a copy of their credit report.
- Equifax: 1-800-465-7166
- TransUnion: 1-800-663-9980
Additionally, if your credit has been compromised, contact and advise the relevant financial institution(s), provide them with details and request that they report the issue to the appropriate police jurisdictions.
For further inquires contact the Halton Regional Police Service – Fraud Unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 8741.
More information on frauds and scams can be found on our website.
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