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Suspects may have used social media to commit identity fraud, police say

Two suspects from Welland have been charged
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In February 2019, the Niagara Regional Police Service, Central Fraud Unit, along with RBC Corporate Investigations, commenced an investigation involving identity fraud and the creation of several fraudulent bank accounts.

As a result of the investigation, on March 26, 2019, members of the Central Fraud Unit executed a search warrant at a Welland residence. Evidence was seized and two suspects were arrested.

Charged with fraud over $5,000, identity fraud, and possession of identity documents is 25-year-old Kiona Campbell of Welland.

Charged with possession of identity documents is 27-year-old Marissa MacDonald, also of Welland.

Both accused were held for bail hearings on March 27, 2019 at the St. Catharines courthouse.

Investigation revealed that several people's identity information may have been compromised through Facebook "friends" and possibly other social media. Members of the community who may be connected to the accused through social media are advised to check with their financial institutions and/or Credit Bureaus to ensure their personal information has not been affected.

This remains an active investigation and additional charges are anticipated. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact D/Cst. Steve Vandenbos at 905-688-4111, option 3, badge# 9123.

Information on crimes can also be submitted anonymously using Crime Stoppers of Niagara.

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Crime Stoppers guarantees that you will remain anonymous through any of the methods offered to provide tips. You may also be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000 if the information leads to an arrest.