Ottawa, ON – The CBC’s Marketplace is exploring how a woman selling fake items online helped others avoid taxes.
The CBC Marketplace team is looking at what a woman in Ottawa did when she began using Craigslist to sell fake items.
Marketplace’s Marketplace team spoke with a woman called Jane who sold counterfeit and pirated items on the popular dating app.
Jane sold items she purchased through Craigslist in Toronto, Montreal and Montreal, but she also used fake IDs to buy them from buyers in Canada.
The stories were told by the woman, who did not want to be identified.
She says she has since deleted her account, but her online sales continue to be tracked by law enforcement.
CBC Marketplace’s Investigative Unit will be interviewing the woman in the coming days.
Jane says she started selling her fake IDs online in February 2017.
“I just started doing it because I had some of my friends who were in Canada and they would take me to Canada to get fake IDs and fake Canadian documents and fake stuff,” she said.
Jane’s boyfriend told Marketplace he had seen her selling fake ID documents on Craigslist.
“And so we went to the police department, we said that we had a lot of fake ID papers and stuff on us and we thought, what if we get caught and we’re not caught, but we’re getting caught for what we’re doing, we’d rather be doing what we love to do,” he said.
“So we said, let’s do this.”
Marketplace’s team spoke to two other women who also sold fake ID cards online, but they didn’t want to go on camera.
They say their stories are similar to Jane’s.
They both said they started selling fake IDs through Craigslist when they were younger.
One said she had been selling fake identity documents online since 2014.
“It’s been on for quite a while, so I’m not saying that it’s not happening now,” she told Marketplace.
“But it’s really a hobby.
I think it’s just a hobby.”
Marketplace is investigating the cases because it wants to know if sellers like Jane have the skills to make it into the business world.
Marketplace is also looking to hear more about how online fraudsters are trying to use fake IDs.
Marketplace has reached out to the Toronto Police Service for comment.