November 15, 2021

Nanaimo hotels scammed for nearly $1,700 through fake ‘head office’ calls

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Nanaimo RCMP are urging businesses to update their anti-fraud training and policy after two local hotels were scammed for almost $1,700.

The incidents both took place in early June. In the first case, a hotel employee was contacted by a person calling himself John Davis.

“Davis” said they were calling from the hotel’s head office, and were arranging delivery of a package to the Nanaimo location. The caller claimed that the package contained a business license and items for an upcoming health inspection.

They then said that if the package was not received within 24 hours, the hotel could be shut down. “Davis” told the employee that money had to be sent to FedEx immediately to pay for the delivery.

Under the assumption they would be reimbursed by the company, the employee used almost $1,000 of his own money, and a less amount of…

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