June 20, 2014 2:17 pm

VPD warns public about fraud schemes

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Vancouver police are warning the public about two fraud schemes currently circulating in the city.

One directly impacts the VPD with a telemarketer, who identifies themselves as a VPD employee, asking for donations to support anti-bullying efforts. The VPD said they do not solicit donations and advises against anyone giving their personal or financial information out over the phone.

If anyone receives a call asking for this information, it is advised they hang up.

The second scheme involves business fraud. According to VPD, a suspect hacked into the computer system of a local business and monitored their company emails before sending a fake internal email requesting the transfer of a large amount of money.

Police are asking businesses to review their computer security as well as ensuring they have firewalls and antivirus software in place.

They also suggest employees take appropriate steps to confirm requests for financial information or money transfers are legitimate.

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