Mississauga man charged in alleged spear phishing against Hamilton shelter


Published October 3, 2023 at 9:35 pm

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A 33-year-old man was charged in connection with an alleged spear phishing attack against the Good Shepherd family shelter in Hamilton, today (Oct. 3).

According to Peel Regional Police, the shelter recently became the target of an invoice scam, resulting in the loss of over $94,000.

Good Shepard received a bill over an email from someone claiming to be the contractor they knew.

“Good Shepherd was advised to send outstanding payments to a new bank account.”

“Once they learned that the funds were not received by the appropriate contractor, police were contacted,” Peel Police said.

Further investigation revealed that the contractor’s email was hacked, and the hackers made it look like the email came from the real contractor.

Police have charged Emmanuel Pobee, with possession of property obtained by crime. He is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice at a later date to face these charges.

Peel Regional Police are reminding all employers to be vigilant with examining changes to payments, and account numbers and confirming the identity of those in charge of receiving those payments.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Fraud Bureau at (905) 453–2121, ext. 3335.

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