If someone attempted to steal something from a company and then was caught in the process and never actually got to steal the item, is that punishable by law in Canada? The company is in the U.S. the would-be theif is a Canadian resident.

  • Are you saying that the company and the (potential) crime are in the US, or the company is US based but in Canada?
    – Ron Beyer
    Commented Oct 17, 2018 at 22:17
  • The company is US based but they sell their products online and can ship to Canada. A Canadian based "customer" was sending fake photos of a product he claimed he purchased from the company so that he could get another one sent to him as a replacement, for free, through warranty. Thus attempting to steal, but not succeeding as the company realized the photos were fraudulent. Had they not realized the photos were fake, they would have sent him a product for free under the impression that they were replacing a faulty product he'd purchased, but he'd never purchased that product.
    – chev4prez
    Commented Oct 17, 2018 at 22:31
  • A bit tricky to determine which countries law would apply. The action happened in Canada, the effect would have happened in the USA.
    – gnasher729
    Commented Sep 21, 2022 at 10:46

1 Answer 1


In Canadian law, attempted fraud such as this would be covered under section 660 of the Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46). Yes, it is punishable.


  • Thank you so much! I appreciate it, this is great
    – chev4prez
    Commented Oct 18, 2018 at 14:13

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