Sûreté du Québec (the Quebec police force) is warning residents of a scam targeting businesses. Three cases of fraud totalling $8 million have recently been reported to the SQ.
Scammers are contacting businesses by phone and pretend to be bank employees calling to update the company’s account online. They promise better service; for example, easier and faster online transactions. To do so, the business is asked to download a software provided by the scammers via email or visit a website. Once this software is downloaded, or the website is visited, the scammers have access to the business’s banking information. Scammers then tell the business it will not have access to its online banking because the update can take a few days.
The SQ is reminding people to check in with their financial institutions if they suspect fraud.
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This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.
Marina Burghard writes for Canadian Fraud News about fraud-related cases, whistleblower, jurisdiction, identity theft, consumer protection, etc. – essentially about scams and how to protect yourself against this kind of fraudulent criminal behavior. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science where her interest in criminology grew. Besides fraud, Marina’s scientific interest lies in terrorism, extremism and how to deal with it as a society.