Nelisha Vellani

Nelisha Vellani

Nelisha Vellani is an investigative journalist with CBC Marketplace.

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MARKETPLACE

Despite laying dozens of charges, RCMP have stopped targeting Canadian accomplices in foreign scam calls

The RCMP’s Project Octavia arrested 11 people in Canada who were accused of funneling money to criminal syndicates running phone scams that target Canadians. But before any of those cases made it to trial, the Mounties disbanded the special task force
Marketplace

As COVID surged, Indian police shut down scam centres targeting Canadians. Now, they're back

In the early days of the pandemic, scam centres were shut down. But now they're back in full swing, with scammers posing as tax officials and bank employees, convincing unsuspecting Canadians to pay up or risk serious consequences.
Marketplace

How we got inside an overseas tech support scam targeting Canadians

It's called the tech support scam, a scheme in which fraudsters want you to pay them to fix a non-existent computer or smartphone issue. Marketplace's efforts to locate those behind it spanned months, ending in a late-night dash up three flights of stairs into a call centre in Mumbai.
MARKETPLACE

RCMP probe of international CRA phone scam IDs Canadian suspects

You've probably got the call: An automated message threatens you with arrest over unpaid taxes owed to Canada Revenue Agency. Now the RCMP says it is tracking suspects in Canada and India as part of a 'national priority investigation' into the scam.
MARKETPLACE

Social engineering is the new method of choice for hackers. Here's how it works.

Is your name and your phone number all it takes for a hacker to take over your cellphone account? Marketplace's latest investigation has found that just a few pieces of personal information could leave you vulnerable.
Marketplace

'A handful of little carnations': Customers complain Bloomex's bouquets don't always arrive as advertised

Bloomex bills itself as 'Canada's official florist,' delivering millions of bouquets across the country to date. But is what you see really what you get when ordering flowers online?
Marketplace

As RCMP raids target India over CRA phone scam, possible Canadian collaborators have reason to be nervous

Recent raids in India to scoop up those involved in a phone scam targeting Canadian taxpayers netted dozens of arrests, but the RCMP said Wednesday that there could be Canadians involved in the fraud, which aims to dupe people into thinking they owe money to the CRA.
MARKETPLACE

What's the dirtiest surface on an airplane? The result may surprise you

Marketplace's latest investigation reveals that the surfaces on a plane you're likely touching most often might not be as clean as you think, and some are contaminated with bacteria and other pathogens.

'Significant investigative operation' into CRA phone scam underway, public safety minister says

There is "at least one very significant investigative operation underway" at the moment into one of the largest cybercrimes in Canadian history — the CRA phone scam — with both Canadian and Indian authorities working to shut it down, says Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.
MARKETPLACE

'They're nothing but financial terrorists': 60,000 Canadians have complained about the CRA phone scam

You've probably got the call: An automated message threatens you with arrest over unpaid taxes owed to Canada Revenue Agency. They may demand as little as $700 — though some have handed over more than $100,000.

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