Two arrested after ‘forced sale’ frauds in Victoria

Two arrested after ‘forced sale' frauds in Victoria

File photo (CBC)

File photo (CBC)

Victoria police say their Crime Reduction Unit has arrested is recommending charges against a man and woman following a string of “Forced Sale” frauds.

On Wednesday the unit began investigating the incidents following numerous fraudulent purchases throughout Victoria and Esquimalt.

The suspects would allegedly enter a business and once they were handed the point of sale terminal to pay, the purchasers would manually enter an authorization code causing an override on the sale that would end in a “forced sale”.

The function is normally used by the merchant to bypass the authorization process manually. Officers say since the code is manually entered, the process is susceptible to exploitation by criminals.

Victoria Police’s Analysis and Intelligence Section identified the two and took them into custody on the 800 block of Johnson street on Thursday.

Officers executed a search warrant and say two are also facing several fraud and drug-related charges — the investigation is ongoing.


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