Public Works and Government Services Canada

Public Works and Government Services Canada

August 11, 2006 20:32 ET

PWGSC Issues Fraud Alert

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 11, 2006) - Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) today issued a fraud alert to businesses across Canada advising that individuals are making fraudulent use of Business Access Canada (BAC) letterhead to obtain confidential financial information from businesses across Canada.

BAC does not request any financial or banking information from Canadian businesses. Do not provide any financial information as requested. If you are asked to provide such information, please contact the RCMP immediately and notify us by calling 1 800 811-1148.

The letter in question is typically a two-page document sent by fax. The first page is a cover letter that explains that suppliers need to file financial information in order to be eligible for procurement opportunities.

The second page is a form titled "Authorization to release financial information" and requests the following information:

- Bank name
- Branch phone
- Branch fax
- Bank contact
- Operating account number
- Bank routing number
- And the signatures of the bank account.

PWGSC received information about the alleged fraud at approximately 3:30 p.m. this afternoon and contacted the RCMP to review the situation. PWGSC posted a fraud alert on its Web site and contacted over 100 business associations so they can alert their members to the situation.

PWGSC news releases are also available on our Internet site at

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Fortier
    Nicole Babin
    Press Secretary
    (613) 868-1812
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    Media Relations
    (819) 956-2315