Nelisha Vellani is an investigative journalist with CBC Marketplace.
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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.
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.
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.
'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?
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.
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.
'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.
Trier beware: Lab results reveal staph, mould on makeup testers
In-store cosmetic testers help shoppers decide what makeup to buy, but a Marketplace investigation reveals the testers themselves don't always look so pretty under a microscope.
Restaurants 'taking from Peter to pay Paul' amid minimum wage hike
A number of popular Canadian restaurants have increased the amount of tips servers must share with their colleagues, CBC's Marketplace has learned. And many servers say that money is being doled out to higher-paid staff in lieu of a raise.
'How can they get away with that?': Canadians pay much more than Americans for baby products
Marketplace does a cross-border price comparison that could have Canadian parents throwing a fit.
'That's a real problem': Investigation finds baby products for sale despite recall orders
A Marketplace investigation discovered a variety of recalled baby products for sale, raising serious questions about the effectiveness of the system meant to protect the public from products with dangerous flaws.
Walmart says it has reduced food waste by 20% since CBC investigation
In the year since CBC Marketplace went digging through the trash at Walmart, the company says it has reduced its food waste in Canada by 20 per cent.
Schools and Ontario government respond to Marketplace investigation
Here's a look at Dubravko Zgrablic's timeline of employment, according to his LinkedIn profile, and the responses from the schools where he says he's worked, as well as the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.
'1,000% unacceptable': Marketplace confronts college professor about his fake degree
Marketplace's investigation of Canadian diploma mill customers looks at a college professor in Toronto with a phoney master's degree in computer science.