Local businesses learned that they're more susceptible to fraud than maybe some thought.
 
At the Fort Chamber of Commerce Luncheon today (September 6), the RCMP spoke about the various forms of fraud making their rounds.
 
"In terms of dollar value, the highest ones out there are romance scams. They tend to have a small number of victims but go for a lot of money," explained Constable Sean Milne with the "K" Division Serious and Organized Crime Unit. "Other ones involve the ongoing Canada Revenue Agency scam, online sales frauds for instance, there's a lot of different varieties out there."
 
For businesses, the most common type is fraudulent payments or product orders, email scams and directory fraud.
 
Fraudsters are now using texting and social media to try and trick people out of their money, in some cases, operating complex scams that involve posing as a boss.
 
"With new technology there's always somebody looking to exploit it so we do our best to combat what we encounter," said Milne. "The critical part is making sure people report it to us so that we know what is actually evolving out there to try to react to it."
 
If someone believes they may have fallen for a scam or suspect something is a scam, they're encouraged to phone the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre as well as the local RCMP.

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