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Police say computer fraud siphons $375,000 from Prince George, B.C.


November 11, 2020
By Canadian Press

(CP) PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – RCMP say the City of Prince George has become the victim of a significant fraud.

The city called police in September when staff sent two payments to a contractor for more than $700,000, but the cash was never received.

Police say the money was fraudulently redirected.

The Mounties say in a news release investigators worked with financial institutions to recover most of one payment, but $375,000 remains lost.

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They say officers are following several leads and working with international partners to identify those responsible for the sophisticated computer-based fraud.

Cpl. Craig Douglass says there are no indications that the city was hacked or that personal information was compromised.

 


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