City victimized by fraud

Prince George

2020-11-10 10:00 PST

File # 2020-32968

In early September of this year, the Prince George RCMP received a report of a significant fraud from the City of Prince George.

Staff at the City advised that two payments to a contractor totaling over $700,000 had been fraudulently redirected and were never received. Investigators were able to work with financial institutions to recoup most of one payment, however approximately $375,000 remains outstanding.

Officers are following multiple leads and working with international partners to identify the person or persons responsible for this sophisticated computer based fraud.

Our first concern was to determine the extent of the fraud and who was affected, says Cpl. Craig Douglass, spokesperson for the Prince George RCMP. There are no indications that the City of Prince George was hacked or that personal information was compromised.

The Prince George RCMP is aware of recent, similar frauds being committed in our community and elsewhere in Canada. Investigators want to remind other governments, businesses & individuals to be mindful of computer based frauds, and would like to offer the following tips:

For more information or to report a fraud, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or www.antifraudcentre.ca.
 

Released by

Cpl. Craig Douglass

Communications NCO / Media Relations Officer
Prince George RCMP
princegeorge.rcmp.ca
455 Victoria Street, Prince George, BC, V2L 0B7
Office: 250-561-3321
Cell: 250-640-1758

Email: pg_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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