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CANSCAM Investigation

Operation CANSCAM Investigation

The FBI is currently investigating the activities of multiple fraudulent Canadian business entities that are defrauding U.S. companies. In summary, the scam begins when a Canadian business (typically located in or around Montreal, Quebec) requests a line of credit with a U.S. business. The Canadian business will fax or e-mail references, credit documents, and/or tax documents to prove authenticity. The Canadian business will then place an order for materials on the line of credit and arrange for shipping by a third party. The materials are hauled to Canada, and payment is never made.

If you believe that you have been victimized by any of these entities or any other Canadian business using these methods, please complete the online questionnaire below. Please maintain any and all documentation related to your victimization, including original electronic documents or e-mails. Attempt to document any telephone conversations, specifically dates and times they may have occurred.

For more information on this fraudulent scheme, call (877) 236-8947 and select option 2. If you have additional information you would like to provide, please e-mail canscam@ic.fbi.gov.

4. Date of First Contact with Canadian Business
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5. Date of Purchase Order
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6. Date of Merchandise Pickup
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