3 Montrealers arrested in Gaspésie for credit card fraud

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MONTREAL – Three Montrealers were arrested on Friday in the Gaspé for alleged credit card fraud, the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) confirmed.

Amir Boudiaf, 19; Gevorg Davtyan, 32; and Serge Lévesque, 22, were arrested in a car in the town of Chandler.

The three suspects appeared at the Percé courthouse to face various charges of theft, fraud and breach of probation.

Officers say they will remain in detention pending further proceedings.

The Sûreté du Québec explains in the alleged scheme, that one of the suspects would contact a potential victim by telephone, using the fraudulent caller ID of a known financial institution.

He would then inform the victim of a suspicious transaction that had been made with his debit or credit card.

If the victim insisted that she did not complete the transaction, then the suspect would say that he will block the card in question and have a new one issued.

The suspect would then confirm his personal identification number (PIN) and inform the victim that an employee of the financial institution will come to his home to collect his debit and credit cards.

Subsequently, the police alleged that the suspects would make numerous withdrawals or transactions using the victim’s bank account.

The Sûreté du Québec says that several cases of this type have been reported in recent weeks, in eastern Quebec as well as in other regions of the province.

– This report by La Presse Canadienne was first published in French on June 23, 2021.


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