RCMP is­sue fraud alert about e-trans­fer scam

Tri-County Vanguard - - NEWS -

The RCMP was alert­ing the pub­lic to an e-trans­fer scam last week.

The East Hants Dis­trict RCMP said on Nov. 26, a home seller was con­tacted by email from what ap­peared to be their home re­al­tor re­quest­ing an e-trans­fer to be held in trust pend­ing a home in­spec­tion.

Only af­ter the e-trans­fer was ac­cepted, the home owner con­tacted their real-es­tate agent and learned that they had not re­quested a de­posit. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­ter­mined that the realestate agent’s email had been hacked.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing.

The RCMP sug­gests as a pre­ven­tive mea­sure, ver­ify with your real-es­tate agent be­fore trans­fer­ring any funds. For more in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact the Cana­dian Anti-Fraud Cen­tre (CAFC) by phone at 1-888-4958501 (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time) or online at www. an­tifraud­cen­tre.ca. If you or a fam­ily mem­ber has fallen vic­tim to this fraud, please re­port to your lo­cal police ser­vice, as well as the Cana­dian Anti-Fraud Cen­tre (CAFC).

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