South-west business have been offered a chance to review their security through the new Victoria Police Business Security Information eKit.
District crime prevention officer Senior Constable Mal Agnew said the comprehensive 25-page kit provided a range of information.
"There's advice online so all business operators can become inform," he said.
"It's pretty well known that there are a lot of scams continually running through the internet and every day services like email that we all use.
"We advise all business operators to check all their emails. If anything is received out of the ordinary be very careful."
Senior Constable Agnew said anyone asking for money or urging businesses to take immediate action should be treated cautiously.
"Check the email addresses, double check with the businesses you are dealing with and make sure any requests are 100 per cent legitimate," he said.
"Don't send any money to different bank accounts unless you are 100 per cent sure they are legitimate."
The crime prevention officer said that Warrnambool and other rural Victorian businesses had been the target of scams where businesses were asked to change bank account details for payment.
"Always check. People are being deceived every day. Victoria Police is putting out the message, be aware," Senior Constable Agnew said.
"This Business Security Information eKit is available to be downloaded online at the Victoria Police website - HERE
"It covers a range of topics that businesses need to be aware of," he said.
"Topics covered include dealing with aggressive people, armed robbery, handling cash, security cameras, counter terrorism, credit card fraud, electronic fraud, securing your businesses, telephone threats, theft by employees, theft from shops and vandalism.
"It's a comprehensive document with some very good ideas," he said.
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