100 Mile House RCMP warning local businesses following payment scam

Businesses bilked for $80K

A number of 100 Mile House businesses were bilked for more than $80,000 last week, prompting police in the South Cariboo community to issue a warning.

According to police, an employee at a 100 Mile House business was contacting clients to collect outstanding balances only to find out that a number of them had already handed over money — to a scammer.

“It turned out that an unknown person had contacted their clients under a pseudo email very similar to the business and had their account transfers paid into another account after stating the company’s banking had been updated and a new account with a different bank was being used,” RCMP Staff Sgt. Svend Nielsen said in a news release.

“This resulted in losses of over $80,000 Canadian funds to the businesses involved.”

Nielsen said investigators aren’t sure where the scammers were located. He said police decided to inform the community to make other area business owners aware.

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