Sûreté du Québec Fake texts from the SAAQ: two Montrealers pinned

Sûreté du Québec Fake texts from the SAAQ: two Montrealers pinned


Two Montrealers who allegedly defrauded forty people using a fake site of the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) were arrested by police from the Sûreté du Québec on Thursday.

Mehdi Edderqi Manar, 25, and Hamza Moufid, 23, appeared Thursday afternoon at the Montreal courthouse on various charges including fraud over $ 5,000, possession of forged documents and unauthorized use from a computer.

According to our information, the suspects sent text messages to their alleged victims, posing as representatives of the SAAQ.

“The victims were invited to follow a link to a fraudulent website of a crown corporation, then asking them to provide confidential information,” said Sergeant Stéphane Tremblay, spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec (SQ ).

Moreover, the SAAQ had already warned its customers against these phishing attempts on its social networks.

“For some time now, some people have indeed received a text message allegedly from the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec telling them that it is now possible to renew their driver’s license automatically. Fraudsters use the official logo of the SAAQ and many people seem to fall for it, ”the SAAQ warned in particular last year.

The investigation which led to the arrest of Mehdi Edderqi Manar and Hamza Moufid was initiated in 2019.

The searches carried out by the SQ in this case led in particular to the seizure of computers, false identity cards, cell phones and magnetic card readers.

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