September 15, 2017 3:41 pm

Halifax police warn about email scam targeting local organizations

FILE - Halifax Regional Police say an old email scam targeting local organizations has cropped up again in the Halifax area.

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Halifax Regional Police are warning local organizations about an old email scam that has resurfaced in the area.

Police say they received two reports this week from two different organizations that were targeted.

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In each case, someone posing as the CEO or manager of an organization contacts a staff member within that organization using a fake email address.

The scammer then tells the employee to wire money to a bank account.

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According to police, one organization was defrauded of thousands of dollars and that case is being investigated.

Halifax police remind people not to send money without confirming the identity of the recipient by voice or in person.

They’re asking anyone who lost money or sent personal information as a result of such a crime to contact police. However, if you received an email but are not a victim, they advise you to simply contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

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