03 May Scammers pose as company execs in wire transfer spam campaign
Innocent-looking payment requests could result in financial loss for companies. Are your employees being targeted with fraudulent emails?
Notice the Signs
We have recently seen a spam campiagn involving fake wire transfer request emails. The purpose of this type of email is very simple – to get the recipient to process a payment for non-existent goods or services by way of a wire or credit transfer.
- The scammers send an email to a target recipient, usually pretending to be from the CEO or a senior executive of an organisation.
- The scammers will usually send the fake wire transfer emails to employees working in the finance department of a company, as those employees will have the ability to action payment requests.
- Scammers will register domains very similar to the target domain.
For example: if a scammer was targeting a user at exampledomain.co.uk they might register the domain exaampledomain.co.uk
So for example, you might receive an email sent to you at firstname.lastname@example.org from CEO@exaampledomain.co.uk
- The reason for this is that when a recipient replies to the email, the scammer hopes that they might not notice the slight difference in the domain and think it’s from a trusted sender.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
If you receive a wire transfer request that seems out of the ordinary, take note of the following:
- Always check that the sender is who they say they are.
- Ask yourself: is it normal procedure for your CEO to decide that you’re the best (or only) person to help in that situation?
- Check the email headers to see where the email has originated from.
- If you have any suspicions about an email requesting a wire transfer, investigate it further before proceeding with the payment request.
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