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Canadian Push 12-6-13

Canada tightens rules on prepaid credit cards and on accuracy of measurements retailers use  The federal government is moving ahead with its consumer friendly agenda, unveiling new rules for prepaid credit cards, more inspections at gas pumps and plans to create a national financial code to streamline regulations and enhance consumer rights. The measures were announced at two separate events involving three cabinet ministers Tuesday morning and appear to be tied to the throne speech pledge to make consumer protection a key policy in the two years leading up to the 2015 election campaign. The government said it will introduce new regulations banning expiry dates on prepaid credit cards, as well as ensure card issuers aren’t allowed to impose fees that eat away at a card’s balance within the first year. At a separate event, Industry Minister James Moore said the government will give inspectors more tools to enforce the accuracy of measurements used by retailers to charge customers, whether it’s at gas pumps or grocery stores. The proposed regulations will call for greater frequency of inspections and increased fines for offenders. (Source

DDB Canada Shows Organized Retail Theft Mark-Ups for Toronto Crime Stoppers  Organized retail theft costs Canadian businesses $4 billion a year, but is often perceived as harmless shoplifting. So DDB Canada created a new campaign for Toronto Crime Stoppers, called “It Costs Us All,” to raise public awareness of the realities of organized retail theft. (Source

Fake goods valued at $6.5M seized in Toronto
Police in Toronto have charged 21 people in an investigation involving millions of dollars in fake goods and products, including wine, cosmetics and male-enhancement medications, such as Viagra. More than 100 charges were laid in connection with the sale of fake consumer goods worth an estimated $6.5 million, police say. (Source

Police Seek Identity Fraud Suspect After hitting stores in Kelowna, B.C.  It appears that an unknown female suspect used the identity of a 44 year old Kamloops woman in order to obtain credit cards at The Bay, Canadian Tire and Home Depot before allegedly charging two of the cards for more than $2400. (Source

Surveillance images released of Mark’s Work Wearhouse theft investigation in Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada  RCMP have launched an investigation into a theft at Mark’s Work Wearhouse in Selkirk. Last Friday afternoon, police released images taken from surveillance video in the Nov. 26 theft, which happened around 9 a.m. RCMP said video surveillance showed a man and woman enter the store. The male suspect took several items from the store while the female suspect appeared to keep watch, said RCMP. (Source

Big Lots plans to abandon Canada stores - two years in - closing 73 stores

Mississauga man facing fraud charges in identity theft case

Suspects hitting recreation centers stealing ID's and credit cards - using them at stores in Airdrie, Banff, and Canmore, Alberta 

Women steal 45 bras worth a total of $2,000 from Coquitlam store in Vancouver

Two arrested, one suspect at large in two brazen robberies in Nanaimo, Vancouver 

RCMP uses ‘Air 3’ helicopter to capture two fleeing shoplifters from Orchard Park Mall in Kelowna, British Columbia 

Canadian Push 12-6-13
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