E-mail Scam Targeting Businesses and Organizations

The Ottawa Police Organized Fraud Unit is seeing the re-emergence of an old scam in which emails are being sent to persons at businesses who are in charge of accounts. These emails are designed to look like they are coming from the president or other high ranking official in the business and request that large sums of money be transferred somewhere. Usually it is to a bank in a foreign country. The email address that is used will usually be similar to the actual president’s address. Some organizations have experienced losses of up to $100,000.

Organizations and businesses are encouraged to tighten up their processes for having funds transferred by having multiple verifications in place before transferring money.

Any person/business who has been victimized by such as a scam can report it to police by filing a report online at www.ottawapolice.ca or by calling 613-236-1222, ext. 7300. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.