Yesterday alone (24.01.18) we had 4 cases reported to us of a scam email that’s being sent to businesses. It is masked (technique called spoofing) so it seems that an internal member of staff usually the company director has sent the email to the accounts department.
The email states:
“I need you to process a “Faster Payment” to a new beneficiary, can you handle this right now?
Payee details attached.”
There is a pdf attachment with a counterfeit Payment Details Slip from Lloyds Bank for the amount of £9,945.
However the giveaway is the actual replay email address – if you have an email address of firstname.lastname@example.org the replay would appear to go to email@example.com a small detail which some users can easily miss.
We have dealt with similar scams in the past and have successfully reported and stopped these spoof invoices being paid. This is becoming an increasingly popular choice of fraud for scammers worldwide and they are getting better and better in disguising these. They will even communicate back to potential victims.
We recommend if you receive an invoice through email identical to this one or a similar looking invoice, that you DO NOT pay the amount shown.
If you received similar email and you’re unsure if it’s safe or not please do not hesitate to contact us on 01622 677677, firstname.lastname@example.org or go to https://www.computermanuk.com – we would be happy to advise you.