Mail theft leads to 3 arrests and a warning from Montreal police
Police say people should keep a close eye on their mailboxes
Montreal police say residents should keep an eye on their mailbox after three people were arrested for allegedly raiding mailboxes to steal peoples' identities in Montreal and Laval.
Investigators from the SPVM's financial crimes unit arrested the suspects on July 11. They are accused of numerous fraud-related charges.
Montreal police say the suspects targeted residences where mailboxes were accessible from outside the building.
Suspects allegedly stole mail, and opened a bank account with a victim's personal information. They would then go back to the victim's residence, retrieve the card they ordered and deposit fake cheques in the new bank accounts, Montreal police say.
With the money in their account, they would then obtain credit cards with higher limits, allowing them to make fraudulent purchases. The victims' mail was then redirected to other addresses.
Montreal police are urging people to use mailboxes equipped with locks, or mail slots, to prevent future incidents. They said that, for people moving, informing Canada Post and financial institutions of their new address is also crucial.
For people who can't do that, police are asking that they retrieve their mail as quickly as possible, and have someone pick it up for them when on vacation.
People may also request that Canada Post hold their mail for them when they're away.