Individuals who would have successfully infiltrated corporate email boxes and then defrauded companies of several hundred thousand dollars were the target of a major police operation on Tuesday north of Montreal.
Four searches were underway at the end of the morning in three residences in Laval, as well as a business in Rosemère.
According to the authorities, several people who may be involved in the fraudulent scheme have been arrested.
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“Specifically, between May 12 and June 4, 2020, the suspects allegedly managed to infiltrate merchant mailboxes and divert payments, via fraudulent messages, to new accounts,” said the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) in a press release.
“We encourage merchants to check and strengthen their IT security system if necessary and to agree to more than one verification with their customers, ideally verbally, when it comes to making a change of account, or a transfer for a payment,” added the SQ.
The operation was led by the SQ’s major crimes investigators, in collaboration with the police from Mascouche and Terrebonne.