The West Shore RCMP are currently investigating reports of cyber fraud. In the last four months the West Shore RCMP have received two complaints of a similar nature. Both complaints were from businesses operating in the West Shore area who advised that their IT systems had been breached and their financial accounts compromised.
The attack on the IT system came via e-mail where an unknown party assumes the e-mail of the business manager and sends e-mails to the accounting department ordering wire transfers to third party accounts that eventually end up in the hands of fraudsters.
These two businesses are not related to each other, but reported that a foreign IP address was detected within their systems and created or attempted to create, fraudulent payments in the manner described above. The access to the systems likely came through unsolicited e-mails. The intent behind the breach of the IT systems was to export money from the business account to an account in another country, like the U.S.A or Nigeria.
“The potential for loss is huge,” noted Cst Nancy Saggar of the West Shore RCMP, “and we would like to remind the public to be vigilant in vetting incoming e-mails. If you don’t recognize the sender don’t open the e-mail or respond to it. Keep your passwords safe and it’s a good idea to change them frequently.
You can learn more about Cyber fraud and how to protect yourself or your business through the Canadian Anti-fraud centre.
Email: Cst. Nancy Saggar, Media Relations Officer
West Shore RCMP, 698 Atkins Avenue, Victoria, BC V9B3A4
Office: 250-474-2264 | Fax: 250-474-8790
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