The Sûreté du Québec wishes to warn the public against a scam that may be active the Pontiac. An emerging ploy in Quebec that targets small and medium-sized businesses. To date, thousands of dollars have been transferred outside of Canada.
Scammers first establish trade between a Quebec company and a supplier located outside the country. The latter tracks data not only of the transactions, but also the links between the individuals.
When the criminals have enough information about the two companies, the fraudster impersonates the supplier and asks by email that the Quebec business makes bank payment to an account other than the one usually used for the same type of payment. The company, convinced that they are doing business with the supplier, proceeds to make the payment and electronically authorizes the bank transfer.
The Sûreté du Québec in the Pontiac are asking businesses to raise awareness and establish internal security policies and practices for people with access to funds to limit the communication of information about the organizational structure within the business, the communication of individual information available on the business’ website and social media. Victims are also encouraged to file a complaint with your local police service;
For more information on the prevention of fraud, the public is invited to visit the Sûreté du Québec’s Web site at www.sq.gouv.qc.ca and to consult the website of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center.