(Black Press file photo)

West Shore RCMP investigating cyber fraud

Two West Shore businesses complained to RCMP in four months

West Shore RCMP are investigating reports of cyber fraud after receiving complaints from West Shore businesses.

Police said in the last four months they have received two complaints relating to cyber fraud. Both complaints were from businesses in the West Shore who said their IT systems were breached and financial accounts were compromised.

According to police, the attack on the IT systems came via e-mail. An unknown party assumed the e-mail of the business manager and sent e-mails to the accounting department, ordering wire transfers to third party accounts.

Police said the two businesses that complained are not related to each other but both reported that a foreign IP address was detected within their systems. The IP address created or attempted to create fraudulent payments.

Access to the systems likely came through unsolicited e-mails, according to police.

Police said 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 and we would like to remind the public to be vigilant in vetting incoming e-mails,” said Cst. Nancy Saggar of West Shore RCMP. “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.”

shalu.mehta

@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Greater Victoria gas stations could push to 167.9 cents a litre this week

Analyst says high prices are due to supply and demand

Saanich Police salutes fallen officer

Const. Robert Kirby was killed in the line of duty on April 24, 1960

How worried should we be about Vancouver Island bees?

One bee species hasn’t been seen since 1990

Rickter Scale: The view through a smoky mirror

Remembering life in the glory days of smoking

VIDEO: Driver in bizarre hit-and-run at car dealership in Campbell River turns herself in

Police believe alcohol was a factor in incident causing estimated $15,000 in damages

WATCH: Cougar saunters through Metchosin yard

Spring cougar sighting caught on camera

Esquimalt-based HMCS Regina makes third drug bust in two weeks

Ship seized hashish and heroin in Indian Ocean

Temporary CCTV cameras added around downtown Victoria

Cameras go up Saturday for big Sunday events

Victoria street corner could house public berry patch

The James Bay Neighborhood Association is hoping to offer berries locals

Busy day for passengers on BC Ferries

First two sailings from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay full Thursday morning

Stuck in the muck in a stolen truck

Oceanside RCMP nab suspect after call from Errington logging contractor

Canadian Coast Guard breaks ground on permanent search and rescue station in Victoria

Victoria-based SAR will do all rescues in local harbour and parts of the Strait of Juan de Fuca

Victoria council looks to self-impose carbon tax on staff airfare

A new carbon pricing fee would put additional funds into the city’s Climate Action Reserve

Second dump site of Dungeness crab discovered in northern B.C.

DFO confident new site related to larger April 2 dump

Most Read