firstname.lastname@example.org Unless you're a billionaire, $75,000 is a lot of money, especially if someone is trying to steal it.
But that's what recently happened to one Port Moody resident, who was fortunate enough to not lose their shirt to a computer hacker.
And Port Moody police are using the incident to remind the public to be careful when they use online banking.
According to police, the unidentified resident almost got ripped off after someone got a hold of e-mail and personal information by hacking into their computer.
Port Moody police spokesperson Const. Luke Van Winkel said the victim almost lost $75,000 until the bank flagged some transactions that were considered odd.
Police say the victim was lucky in this case, and suggest if people use online banking to make sure to do it from a secure wi-fi source.
Residents are also being advised to make sure they
don't leave their own wi-fi network unlocked or exposed and to use a strong password for banking information.
"It adds up very quickly, the loss of identity and the loss of money," Van Winkel said. "It's very important. It's money and it could be a devastating loss."
Besides tracking fraudsters, the Port Moody police have been dealing with a variety of crimes and incidents this summer.
Last week, the department provided a brief update of some of those incidents in the community.
There have been 118 incidents of property crime over the last couple of months, including theft from a Canada Post box at 2003 Clarke St.
There have been 35 thefts from vehicles, primarily in the Glenayre/College Park/Westhill area but also some up Noons Creek.
Police note the thefts have occurred overnight, many from unlocked vehicles with items such as wallets, money and electronics being stolen.
Van Winkel noted the property crime rate is a little higher than normal, but he chalked it up to the time of year.
The police have dealt with 21 impaired driving files, including handing out three 24-hour prohibitions for drugs and nine 90-day prohibitions.
The department has handed out 600 traffic tickets so far this summer, with half of those being warnings.
Police have also dealt with 36 files for drug possession, 28 animal calls and 41 vehicle crashes.
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