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SCARS|RSN™ Scam News: Nigerian Actress Arrested In Canada For Impersonating 20 Women In Local & Online Scams
Nigerian Actress, Deborah Oguntoyinbo Arrested For Stealing 20 Women’s Identities To Commit Fraud In Canada
Deborah Oguntoyinbo is facing more than 50 fraud-related charges in Toronto and the surrounding regions. Police say she is a ‘professional’ and ‘prolific’ identity thief.
A CBC News investigation has revealed that Nollywood actress Deborah Oguntoyinbo has allegedly stolen the identities of 20 women which she used to commit a large scale fraud.
The actress who is considered as a “professional fraudster” is now facing more than 50 fraud-related charges in Toronto as well as nearby York, Peel, and Halton regions, after her arrest.
Police say she is one of the most prolific identity thieves they’ve recently encountered.
They say 26-year-old Deborah Oguntoyinbo, of Toronto, has left a trail of shattered lives and destroyed credit profiles.
Before she was eventually arrested, she tried fleeing a luxury condominium complex in Markham (north of Toronto) and tried renting with money she made through fraudulent means.
Oguntoyinbo reportedly tried renting the condo with the name Natalia Bozic. The real Natalia Bozic who is a self-employed esthetician from Mississauga confirmed that someone destroyed her life by using her personal information to get into her bank account, apply for loans and credit cards, change all her passwords. She also disclosed that $4,000 was stolen from her account.
She said, “It was June 10, and it told me to call the phone number listed. So I called them, and they told me to come to the bank.
“They investigated and put my account on freeze. They told me nobody can put money in and nobody can take money out.
“Someone reset passwords, reset security questions, reset my phone to a new phone number, created a new email address so I don’t get notified my password changed.”
Police services across the Toronto area are still piecing together the extent of Oguntoyinbo’s crimes.
“She definitely would be considered a professional fraudster, knows what she’s doing and [is] quite prolific,” York Regional Police Sgt. Andy Pattenden told CBC News. “She’s really been all over the [Greater Toronto Area].”
It was further gathered that the police in at least four Toronto-area jurisdictions have filed identity theft-related charges against Oguntoyinbo. Court records revealed that Oguntoyinbo is accused of stealing the identities of two people in Peel.
The Halton Police have also accused her of stealing the identities of 11 people, while York Police alleged she stole four identities.
The actress is currently behind bars as the latest round of charges works their way through court systems in the four jurisdictions. Forged drivers’ licenses, social insurance numbers, and passports in the names of other people were seized from the actress who also used stolen cheques to buy a Mercedes Benz and a BMW.
MONEY WITHDRAWN, PASSWORDS RESET
Oguntoyinbo’s latest arrest came on June 29, when police allege she tried to flee a luxury condominium complex in Markham, north of Toronto, after being suspected of fraud.
York Region Police allege Oguntoyinbo tried to rent the condo using the name Natalia Bozic, and have charged her with using a forged certified cheque and a false identity.
Bozic, 24, a self-employed esthetician from Mississauga, Ont., says that “someone used her personal information to get into her bank account, apply for loans and credit cards, change all her passwords and wreak havoc on her life.”
She says “she first noticed something was amiss when she couldn’t log in to her RBC online banking account this past summer.”
“It was June 10th, and it told me to call the phone number listed. So I called them, and they told me to come into the bank.”
The bank told her $1,200 was stolen from her account.
That was just the beginning.
“They investigated and they put my account on freeze,” she said, and assured her “nobody can put money in and nobody can take money out.”
Yet, two days later someone walked into an RBC branch on Don Mills Rd. in Toronto and passed a teller a fake driver’s licence with Bozic’s name and correct licence number.
Bozic said the RBC teller issued the person a new bank card linked to Bozic’s bank account.
Bozic believes the bank also provided the person her social insurance number.
That’s when the alleged crimes became more brazen and widespread.
Someone “reset passwords, reset security questions, reset my phone to a new phone number, created a new email address so I don’t get notified my banking password changed.”
Twice more, money was drained from Bozic’s account. Some were sent to a bank account in Vancouver. In all, about $4,000 went missing, according to bank records.
This Is What We Know About Deborah Oguntoyinbo
In 2017, Oguntoyinbo was charged with 19 fraud-related offenses. She was sentenced to jail twice, the harshest sentence being 90 days.
She is currently behind bars as the latest round of charges works their way through court systems in the four jurisdictions.
Her only online presence appears to be photos posted on the website starnow.ca, a site used by actors, models, and musicians looking for work.
According to federal bankruptcy records and provincial databases, Oguntoyinbo has no assets or liens registered in her name.
This has all the hallmarks of a professional Nigerian scammer who came to Canada.
CBC News has learned police have a list of aliases they believe Oguntoyinbo has used to allegedly commit crimes.
- Debra Omolade Oguntoyinbo
- Deborah Ololade Oguntoyinbo
- Kayla Wright
- Dzoya Trotman
- Jessica Wright
- Ashley Bailey
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