The FBI is warning drivers and carriers of fraudulent Canadian businesses that are scamming U.S. businesses. The scam occurs when a Canadian business, typically located in or around Montreal, Quebec, contacts a U.S. company and requests a line of credit. The Canadian businesses will then fax or email credit documents, email references, tax documents, etc. to prove authenticity.
Next, the Canadian business will arrange for the shipping of materials. Once the materials are hauled to Canada, payment is never made.
To date, the FBI is aware of the following industries being affected by this scheme:
- Lumber and construction material retailers (lumber, siding, roofing, flooring, etc.)
- Tire retailers
- Auto parts retailers
- Trucking and logistics companies
- Painting supply companies
The FBI is aware of the following allegedly fraudulent Canadian businesses that are currently or have previously been involved in this scheme:
- Canstruct, Inc.
- AYA Distributors
- Xpress Auto Parts
- Point Tech Performer, Inc.
If you believe that you have been victimized by any of these entities or any other Canadian business using these methods, the FBI urges you to complete an online questionnaire. If possible, maintain all documentation related to the crime, including original electronic documents or e-mails. Attempt to document any telephone conversations, specifically dates and times they may have occurred.
Here is a sample of what you will be asked to submit using the online questionnaire form:
- Your contact information, including business name and your name, address, telephone numbers, and e-mail address
- Materials ordered
- Loss amount
- Initial contact date
- Shipping/transportation company used
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 [email protected].
Your information is confidential, and FBI agents will review submissions for case documentation. The FBI Office for Victim Assistance will use your contact information to inform you of your rights in this matter through the FBI Victim Notification System (VNS).