Scammers Targeting Canadian Seniors with Internet Porn Threats

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Canadian authorities have had to issue a warning to Internet users concerning fake copyright notices they may receive about pornography they haven’t actually downloaded. Confused? You will be.

Apparently, some Canadian senior citizens have received letters claiming to come from “Artisan International License, Compliance and Investigations,” which state that the recipient has been identified as having illegally downloaded pornography, and that further legal action will be launched if the recipient doesn’t agree to an expensive—around $3000—settlement immediately.

According to West Vancouver Police Department, which issued an official fraud warning about the letters, “hundreds of complaints” have already been filed about the mailing. The warning asks that anyone who has received a similar letter, or with any knowledge about where or who the letters come from, contact the WVPD at 604-925-7300, quoting file number 11-11341.

Me, I’m just wondering if the movies being named in the letter are fakes. Is there really a movie called Retired Porn Stars?

MORE: Why Is a 70-Year-Old Woman Being Sued for Porn Piracy?

Graeme McMillan is a reporter at TIME. Find him on Twitter at @Graemem or on Facebook at Facebook/Graeme.McMillan. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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