Edmonton police say ‘brazen’ string of extortions in city are being orchestrated out of India

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Good evening everyone police are describing it as a Brazen string of extortions orchestrated overseas and carried out by alleged criminals here in Canada Edmonton Police say a malicious Mastermind based in India has been directing locals in the city where there have been 27 events since October five extortions 15 arson and seven firearm

Offenses the targets South Asian homebuilders who are having their projects torched with Millions of damage if they don’t pay so far six people have been charged of those one has fled the country and one is in police custody ctv’s Heather right on the investigation and similar incidents in other

Provinces a car slows down as it approaches an Edmonton home it stops and someone inside opens fire police say a family including children were inside when this happened last week but no one was injured police say this is just the latest incident of extortion targeting the South Asian Community crimes that

Often include arson and usually begin with a text message there’s a request that comes along with that U for um some uh compensation to uh to allow those victims to remain um safe Edmonton is not the only city grappling with these crimes similar incidents have been reported in Brampton Ontario in British

Colombia well it’s not clear if the same criminals are involved across the country there are many similarities in how the crimes are carried out all of the points of information used in the threats can be found on Open Source on the internet um and the demands are often for currency that are Canadian

Based or Indian rupees police believe the criminal network is being orchestrated by at least one person in India the extortion demands are often for significant amounts of money with the targets typically high-profile members of the South Asian community business owners and home builders it’s time to take this uh seriously and it’s

Time to take it in a way that is coordinated Siri mayor Brenda lock and Bramton mayor Patrick Brown recently wrote the federal government asking it to take the lead on this investigation in a social media post today Vancouver MP and emergency preparedness Minister haret sjun tweeted we are actively dealing with extortion attempts

Targeting South Asian Canadians we will use all tools to protect Canadians who have been targeted by organized crime regardless of where it originates police acknowledge some have been unwilling to come forward many terrified and fearing for their safety they encourage anyone who has received a threatening text or

Phone call to get in touch and not to hand over any money Omar all right hea thank you

CTV’s Heather Wright on what police are calling a ‘brazen’ string of extortions orchestrated overseas and carried out in Canada.

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33 COMMENTS

  1. last time I called the police with phone scams from overseas, and the police basically said they could do nothing. When you let crime happen, it will always esclate.
    phone scams to car thefts, to break in into South asian homes, then now open extortions.
    I blame the police for not doing their job, they r more focused on acting like traffic constables then actual crime stoppers.
    This mentality need to change, and our law enforcement needs HEAVY cyber division, one with teeth.

  2. Lose of any naturalized citizenship or residency visa , tried in Canadian court, then politicians and judges
    /lawyers should come to an agreement wherein the criminals are deported to country of origin to serve out equivalent length prison term.

  3. Lose of any naturalized citizenship or residency visa , tried in Canadian court, then politicians and judges
    /lawyers should come to an agreement wherein the criminals are deported to country of origin to serve out equivalent length prison term.

  4. Unemployment Question, were you outside of Canada?
    If you can afford to go other countries while on Unemployment You Don’t Need it.
    Don’t come back, you don’t Love Canada but the country you return to.

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