Fraud awareness tips for businesses

Counterfeit currency

With little effort, you can help keep counterfeits out of your till, out of your customer’s change and out of all our pockets.

Read more about Canadian banknote security features at the Bank of Canada.

If you suspect that you have been offered a counterfeit note:

magnifying glass and $100 bill

Payment cards

Wire fraud

Wire fraud has exploded in recent years – scammers will create a spoofed email address pretending to be the CEO or owner of a business. They will send a request to someone in accounting to assist in sending a payment to a client or customer.

The spoof will often appear to be a personal email address, as the executive is away from the office and needs this done as soon as possible. If the recipient falls for the ruse, $50,000 or more will be wired to a suspect bank account.

Directory / supply

Scammers will contact your business by phone or fax. They will pretend they have an existing relationship to trick you into accepting an order for overpriced office supplies or worthless online advertising.

Supplier swindle

If one of your overseas suppliers has their email account hacked, scammers may present you with a story that their usual bank account in Hong Kong has been compromised, and they want you to send your next payment to a new account in London, England.

Credit cards

Card not present

With so much legitimate commerce being conducted by phone and online, it is easy to drop your guard. Scammers will use stolen credit card information to place orders for which you will not receive payment. Speak with your processors for increased protection.

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