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Lethbridge police are warning businesses about an email-based scam that tries to trick employees into sending money wire transfers. (CBC)

An email scam targeting businesses in Lethbridge has police warning people to be on the lookout.

The fraudsters have been sending emails that appear to be from actual employees of a targeted company, requesting large amounts of money be wire transferred.  

Two businesses reported the scam over the weekend, police say.

One of the companies was bilked out of $160,000 in two wire transfers.

The employee who received the bogus email at the other targeted business checked into the request, realizing it was fraudulent.

Police are reminding employees to always personally verify any requests for money transfers with their employers or supervisor, even if they appear to come from a legitimate email address.