Calgary police say a popular scam that targets businesses is showing up in our city.
The scammers pretend to work for a reputable post-secondary institution and contact businesses looking to make a large purchase.
Some of the orders range between $50,000 and $100,000.
The company is sent what appears to be a legitimate purchase order with a local shipping address.
After the goods are shipped, the business doesn’t get paid. By the time the company realizes it’s a scam, it’s too late.
Police say the scammers even use the real names of employees from the post-secondary institutions to add credibility.
So far this year, about 10 businesses have lost nearly $100,000.
Anyone who has suffered a loss as a result of this scam should call the Calgary Police Service non-emergency number at 403-266-1234. Citizens can report scam emails where they have not lost money to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre through their website.